Muralist Art Mortimer has been selected to begin painting the Korean War Mural.
When the Manteca Mural Society’s commissioned work is completed, it will be placed next to the existing World War II and the Global War on Terror murals on the side of the Bedquarters building in downtown Manteca at Yosemite Avenue and Main Street. The mural will be dedicated on Saturday, May 21.
After hearing from the community and veterans, Mortimer’s maquette was overwhelmingly chosen from the other twp designs submitted.
After viewing and selecting the final maquette, even more recommendations were given to the Manteca Mural Society.
The artistic committee within the Manteca Mural Society met and considered all the recommendations and narrowed down the list as to not take away too much from the artist’ original composition. These ideas were presented to Mortimer who graciously agreed to implement them into his final design.
Some of the suggestions from the veterans and community which are included in the mural are
Korean cold winters
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 the 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.
The Veterans’ Mural Project is a large undertaking by the Manteca Mural Society. When completed it will display murals representing World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Global War on Terror.
Some funds have been raised to begin the process for the mural but more monies are needed to pay the balance of the $25,000 cost. Those interested in donating can visit www.mantecamurals.com 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. Any excess funds will be held in trust to begin the Vietnam Mural.. For information call Charleen Carroll at 823.1386.