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Local men among the Korean War Veterans honored

PIERRE, S.D. - Over 450 South Dakota Korean Veterans received a special honor Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. It’s gratitude that some say is long overdue.

At a ceremony Tuesday afternoon in the State Capitol and in numerous communities throughout South Dakota, veterans were recognized for their service during the Korean War and were presented the Korean Ambassador Peace Medal.

Local veterans receiving the award include: from Lennox—John Bruns, Le Roy Fett, Richard Hempel, Henry Sinning, Ken Vietor; from Tea—Edwin Kaul, Robert Nessium; from Worthing—Harold Fischer.

Susan Irons, Lincoln County Veterans Service Officer presented Ken Vietor’s and John Bruns’ awards to them Jan. 6, 2016 since they were unable to travel to Pierre for the ceremony.

The “Ambassador for Peace” medal is bestowed in an expression of appreciation from the people of the Republic of Korea for those who served in Korea’s land, air and sea from Jun. 25, 1950 through Oct. 25, 1954.

Applications for awards presented at this ceremony had to be submitted by Oct. 29, 2015. However, the S.D. Department of Veterans Affairs will continue to work with veterans to secure their medals.

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