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Updated: 11/15/2017 08:30:02AM

Friendship from opposite sides of war

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

At one time enemies on opposite sides of the war, Judge Oliver L. Green Jr., left, and Sun Shin, born in North Korea, are now close friends. And their families shared a table at the Hometown Heroes on Friday, Nov. 10.

PHOTO BY TOM MEADE

Lt. Col. James R. Jones, Ret., explains the significance of each item on the POW/MIA table at the Hometown Heroes event at the Bartow Civic Center on Friday, Nov. 10.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Robert Baluvelt closed the Hometown Heroes event on Friday, Nov. 9 with the playing of Taps.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Larry Madrid sings the national anthem at the Hometown Heroes on Friday, Nov. 9 as the Color Guard from Summerlin Academy marches behind him. Two from the head table, are Harvey J. Lester and Bartow Mayor James F. Clements.

PHOTO BY TOM MEADE

Arland Meade, who served in the Army from 1942-1946, was the oldest veteran on hand at the Hometown Heroes on Friday, Nov. 10. Here, the 102-year-old Floral Lakes resident is with Bartow City Commissioner Trish Pfeiffer. He is holding his World War II honorable discharge paper.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

S.L. Frisbie, left, was the emcee at the annual Hometown Heroes event in Bartow Friday, Nov. 10. To his right is Lt. Col. James R. Jones.

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One of the guest speakers at the Hometown Heroes on Friday, Nov. 9, was Judge Oliver L. Green Jr., who fought in the Korean War.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Wally Edwards, right, accepted a proclamation from Bartow Mayor James F. Clements Monday, Nov. 6 at the Bartow City Commission meeting, declaring the Hometown Heroes event be held Friday, Nov. 10. Edwards said the American Legion donated $24,000 this year to the Bartow community.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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BARTOW – This year’s annual Hometown Heroes shared something different than it did in the past. The guest speaker, Korean War veteran Judge Oliver L. Green Jr., brought with him a guest, one of his closest friends, a man born in North Korea.

“I am sitting here today with his family, so I may be an adopted member,” said Sun Shin, now a Lakeland resident and owner of the Wedgewood Golf Course.

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