U.S. Army retiree Mario Iezzoni of Summit Hill told people gathered in Ludlow Park Monday about his close friend who was killed in combat in Korea.
He told people he was there after his friend was struck by enemy fire.
Iezzoni learned of the invasion of South Korea by North Korean forces in June 1950 while he was a young man, hanging out at Johnny's Bowling Alley in Lansford.
En route to Korea, he met an older soldier "who became my best friend."
That friend died on April 11, 1951, "in my first combat experience," Iezzoni said.