WARSAW – A Korean War uniform that belonged to a native of Warsaw has been donated to the Kosciusko County Historical Society.
The uniform belonged to Charles Wiard, who was born in Warsaw but ended up living much of his life in Mishawaka.
Wiard was drafted into the US Army in 1953 – a year after he married Marilyn Suzanne Loher. He was honorably discharged in 1955.
He was an Army Corporal and part of an engineering group. He arrived in Korea shortly after the end of the war.
The uniform and jacket sat in his attic for nearly 60 years, his children said.
Family members presented the uniform to the historical society on Saturday.
Sally Hogan, the co-director and the curator with the historical society, said they “couldn’t be happier” to acquire the uniform.
“We don’t have any of the Korean war-era uniforms yet, so we are delighted to have this uniform and we will be putting it out for display during our Memorial Day when we feature all of the uniforms from the conflicts,” Hogan said.
Charles and Marilyn were married for 62 years. They moved to Mishawaka where he worked as an electrician for more than 40 years.
Charles died in June at the age of 86. His wife passed away in 2014.