Legionnaires Bill Beatty and Steve Tharp, vice commander of Lewis L. Millett Post 38 in South Korea, attended the Barrett-Bonifas Memorial Ceremony held by the United Nations Command Security Battalion-Joint Security Area in Camp Bonifas, South Korea, on Aug. 18, 2023. Beatty also represented the Veterans of Foreign Wars as the commander of Post 9985 during the ceremony. The ceremony was to remember the loss of two soldiers - Maj. Arthur Bonifas, of Newburgh, N.Y., the Joint Security Force company commander, and 1st Lt. Mark Barrett, of Columbia, S.C., the 1st platoon leader - who were brutally axed to death during a routine tree-trimming operation near the Bridge of No Return. In attendance at the memorial ceremony to pay their respects and honor the memory of the fallen were UNC/CFC/USFK Commander Gen. Paul LaCamera, ROK JCS Chairman Gen. Kim, Seung-Kyum and UNC Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Andrew Harrison. The memorial at Camp Bonifas was commemorating the 47th anniversary of the 1976 axe-murder incident.
Don Wong, Department of the Philippines public affairs officer