LAWRENCE — More than a dozen family members lined the street corner of Winter and Lowell streets in Lawrence to watch the unveiling of a new memorial sign, honoring a family member who died at the age of 22 in the Korean War in 1951.
The ceremony began at 10 a.m. and included the unveiling, remarks and a presentation.
After the original memorial honoring U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Judge went missing Daniel Henrick, 18, partnered with U.S. Army Veteran and director of Veterans Services for Lawrence Jaime Melendez to re-assign Judge’s much deserved memorial to its rightful place.
When the Veterans Services were moving from City Hall to the Senior Center a year ago, Melendez noticed a marker with Judge’s name on it, and saw it must have been ordered at one time as a replacement.
After researching Judge’s name on the Korean War Project website, Melendez discovered a remembrance posted for Judge in 1999 by a man named Kenneth Henrick that simply stated “I knew him.”
In hopes of arranging a time for a re-dedication for Judge, Melendez emailed Daniel Henrick’s grandfather Kenneth Henrick, but heard no response. Kenneth Henrick died in February of this year.
It was later on that Daniel Henrick contacted Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera’s office inquiring about replacing the sign.
“The kid got it rolling again,” Melendez said.
Daniel Henrick said his grandfather Kenneth Henrick admired his older half-brother Judge.
Kenneth Henrick told Daniel Henrick that family members loved Judge because he helped keep the family together during difficult times in their lives.
Judge was in the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was killed on Jan. 30, 1951, while fighting in South Korea, only six months after enlisting on July 20, 1950.
He was known as “Danny” to family members.
Judge was awarded a Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal and is buried in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence.
Judge’s four brothers and half-brothers James Judge, George Henrick, Joe Henrick and Kenneth Henrick served in the military as well.
The blue sign stands tall at the corner, giving viewers a glimpse of Judge’s honorable sacrifice.