Korean War locomotive engineer among those honored at Mahoning courthouse Veterans Day ceremony
By SEAN BARRON
In the early 1950s, Dean McClain was a locomotive engineer, which proved to be a highly risky way to move forward.
Perhaps the biggest risk was serving in that capacity during the Korean War, which in part entailed having to shove other train cars in front of the locomotives to ensure the railroad tracks were free of booby traps.
“We were among Koreans; some of them were friendly, some weren’t,” recalled McClain, who was drafted in December 1952 into the Army and was a member of its railroad corps.
The 80-year-old Austintown veteran also was among those honored during today’s Veterans Day observance in the Mahoning County Courthouse’s rotunda downtown. Hosting the 45-minute gathering was the United Veterans Council of Greater Youngstown.
The ceremony was to honor and thank veterans of all military branches for their service to the country and to recognize the men and woman still serving around the world, noted Jan Brown, United Veterans Council’s junior vice commander and the event’s master of ceremonies.