Inspirational Lives Series – Korean Veteran Harrison (Papa) Meaux

Harrison (Papa) Meaux and his wife, Nova, have been an inspiration to their family, veterans, school children, and our community since 1963.

Harrison Meaux (pronounced Moe), known as Papa Meaux in the community, has been a inspiration to family, friends, coworkers, and veterans for as long as anyone can remember.  Born and raised in Louisiana, Mr. Meaux speaks French fluently and is a master when it comes to Cajun cooking.  He graduated from high school and joined the Navy Reserved in 1953 toward the end of the Korean War and was trained as a Hospital Corpsman.  He served stateside and cared for many wounded soldiers during his eight-year enlistment and reserves.

 

After his military service, Mr. Meaux went to college under the Korean GI Bill and got a degree in Geology Engineering.  In 1963, while working for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Rolla, Missouri, he was invited to go on a blind date with Nova.  It was nearly love at first sight and before long, they were married.

 

For six years the couple travelled all over the country with the USGS.  They finally moved back to Rolla for the length of his career, raising their four children.  Following his retirement from the USGS, Mr. Meaux was instrumental in beginning the Korean War Veterans Association in Rolla, Missouri and bringing about the Veterans Memorial Park.  He has worked tirelessly on behalf of Korean War veterans by speaking in schools, organizing fundraisers for the Veterans Memorial Park, and supporting Korean War Veterans.

 

In his spare time, Mr. Meaux gardens and spends time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

 

This week’s column, Korea: The Forgotten War, was supplied by Mr. Meaux, one of his many fascinating and humorous accounts of his service during the Korean War.

 

We are grateful to Mr. Meaux for his contribution to our country and our community.

Harrison Meaux (pronounced Moe), known as Papa Meaux in the community, has been a inspiration to family, friends, coworkers, and veterans for as long as anyone can remember.  Born and raised in Louisiana, Mr. Meaux speaks French fluently and is a master when it comes to Cajun cooking.  He graduated from high school and joined the Navy Reserved in 1953 toward the end of the Korean War and was trained as a Hospital Corpsman.  He served stateside and cared for many wounded soldiers during his eight-year enlistment and reserves.

 

After his military service, Mr. Meaux went to college under the Korean GI Bill and got a degree in Geology Engineering.  In 1963, while working for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Rolla, Missouri, he was invited to go on a blind date with Nova.  It was nearly love at first sight and before long, they were married.

 

For six years the couple travelled all over the country with the USGS.  They finally moved back to Rolla for the length of his career, raising their four children.  Following his retirement from the USGS, Mr. Meaux was instrumental in beginning the Korean War Veterans Association in Rolla, Missouri and bringing about the Veterans Memorial Park.  He has worked tirelessly on behalf of Korean War veterans by speaking in schools, organizing fundraisers for the Veterans Memorial Park, and supporting Korean War Veterans.

 

In his spare time, Mr. Meaux gardens and spends time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

 

This week’s column, Korea: The Forgotten War, was supplied by Mr. Meaux, one of his many fascinating and humorous accounts of his service during the Korean War.

 

We are grateful to Mr. Meaux for his contribution to our country and our community.

Forrest O’Neil, endured temperatures of 30 to 40 degrees below zero with a wind-chill factor of 126 degrees below zero, suffering frostbite on the front lines during the Korean War. After returning to Rolla, Missouri to coach and teach at the Rolla High School, Mr. O’Neil volunteered many hours, teaching school-aged children about the Korean War and, along with Mr. Meaux, is a member of the Korean War Veterans Association.

 

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