The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club (BFMC) was formed in California in 1946 by veterans fresh out of World War II, who were filled with plenty of spirit, comradely, and love for motorcycles. "Wino" Willie Forkner ,who died in1997, is recognized by the club to be the founder. Today, the BFMC has chapters all across the United States as well as Internationally throughout Europe and Asia.
The Members of Chapter 131 South Korea honor the memories of the soldiers that were massacred during the Korean War. The Chapter numbers represent the 1st Cavalry mortarmen that were killed during the battle of Hill 303, and the 31st Regimental Combat Team soldiers that were massacred by the Chinese Communist Forces during the battle of the Chosin Reservoir.
The Hill 303 massacre was a war crime that took place in the Korean War on August 17, 1950 on a hill above Waegwan, South Korea. Forty-two captured U.S. Army prisoners of war were machine-gunned by members of the Korean People's Army during one of the smaller engagements of the Battle of Pusan Perimeter. Operating near Taegu during the Battle of Taegu, elements of the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division were surrounded by North Korean troops crossing the Naktong River at Hill 303. Most of the U.S. troops were able to escape but one platoon of mortar operators misidentified North Korean troops as South Korean Army reinforcements and was captured. North Korean troops held the Americans on the hill and initially tried to move them across the river and out of the battle, but they were unable to do so because of heavy counterattack. American forces eventually broke the North Korean advance, routing the force. As the North Koreans began to retreat one of their officers ordered the prisoners to be shot so they would not slow the North Koreans down.
In the period between 27 November and 13 December 1950, the 31st Regimental Combat Team were encircled by over 60,000 Chinese troops . Although the Chinese troops managed to surround them, the 31st RCT broke out of the encirclement while inflicting crippling losses on the Chinese. Over 300 soldiers were wounded and captured by the Chinese during the battle. These solderies were packed like sardines into trucks and trailers and killed by thermite grenades thrown into the vehicles.