The Koob family made up most of the volunteers who devoted their Saturday morning to decorating the graves.
Dalores Koob’s husband, Albert, is buried in the cemetery and one day, she plans to join her husband, who served eight years in the Navy as an aviation mechanic during the Korean War.
“He was in the Korean War from the beginning to the end,” she said. “He was on an aircraft carrier.”
She said in those days, many planes were propeller-driven and sometimes the aircraft would be used to help turn the ship by lining the planes up on one end of the ship and using the force created by the propellers to turn the ship.
“He was a good husband and a good father,” she said.
Dalores and Albert moved to Cleveland in 2007 to be near their son, AmVets Post 13 Commander Daniel Koob, a Navy veteran, as was his son, Eric.
“He died four months later,” she said. “Now his children and grandchildren take after him. That’s a good legacy.”
AmVet member Ray Irons made the crosses about five years ago when AmVets Post 13 decided to decorate the graves with crosses and wreaths.
“It makes the cemetery look nicer,” the Korean War veteran said. “All of these guys, I think they appreciate it.”
Irons said he never went to Korea, but was attached to a bomber group in England from 1951 to 1954.
“I knew quite a few crew who were in Korea,” Irons said. “My buddy was a gunner on a B-26 with 17 missions over Korea. He comes home and gets killed by a train about a year after he came home.”
Venture Crew 2213 Leader J.D. Adams said he and his Boy Scouts look forward to helping place crosses on graves every Christmas and American flags each Memorial Day as community service projects.