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Dedication of Korean War mural Saturday
Muralist Art Mortimer holds up the rendering of The Forgotten War mural that is being dedicated Saturday. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

The third segment of what some believe is the only mural project of its kind — an effort to recognize the sacrifices Americans endured in five wars stretching back to World War I — is being dedicated Saturday.
The Manteca Mural Society is dedicating “The Forgotten War” mural Saturday at 11 a.m. at Yosemite Avenue and Main Street in downtown Manteca. The Korean War mural is one of three that already graces the two-story east facing wall of the Manteca Bedquarters building that for years housed the IOOF Hall. The other two murals already in place depict World War II and the Global War on Terror. It is the same wall that during World War II and years afterwards displayed a massive honor roll mural listing the names of more than 960 Manteca area men who served in World War II.
The next mural will depict the Vietnam War with the final mural focused on World War I. Each mural will cost $25,000 to complete. The overall project is costing $125,000 and when completed will be the most high profile outdoor art project/mural effort in Manteca.
The location near the Yosemite-Main intersection — which has 22,000 plus vehicles passing through it on an average day — will help make sure Manteca residents remember the sacrifices involved in the five wars.
The Manteca Mural Society has secured Manteca resident Eldon Regua — a retired two-star Major General in the United States Army — to serve as guest speaker.  His first duty assignment was in West Germany in 1977 and his last assignment was in South Korea in 2013 spanning over 36 years of service to the nation
“The Forgotten War” created by muralist Art Mortimer includes the following:
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A Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit.
A portrait of Alvin Mendes, a Korean Veteran from Manteca who is still listed as missing in action. 
Map of Korea, showing the 38th parallel, along with a symbol of the Marine landing at Inchon. 
The F-86 Sabre jet, the C-124 Globemaster II cargo/paratrooper drop and the H-13 Sioux helicopter which was first used in he Korean War. 
The United States Flag
The Korean government’s “Ambassador for Peace Medal” presented to all Korean Veterans will be displayed in the mural. 
Those interested in donating to helping make the next two murals a reality can visit to use a PayPal link to donate on line, or you can mail a check to Manteca Mural Society, P.O. Box 1666 Manteca Ca. 95336.  For information call Charleen Carroll at  823.1386.