Korean War veterans honored

Those who served given Ambassador of Peace Medal

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - It was called the "Forgotten War," but representatives of the South Korean government made a point to show they have not forgotten the veterans who helped them.  

"We really appreciate and we really thank you," said Ho Myung Shim through an interpreter as 18 veterans of the Korean War at the Veterans Home in Chula Vista were presented with Ambassador of Peace Medals.

"I was invited to go to Korea to accept this but I cannot travel," said Alfred Curtis, who was among those honored.

That is the purpose of the Dam Jae Friends of Korean War Veterans Foundation – to pay respect and honor veterans who, because of their health, cannot travel.  

In June of 1950, troops from North Korea crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea.

Eugene Martinson was there as an Army corporal 20 days after the war started.  

"I enlisted at 17," he said. "I never thought there would be a war so soon after World War II. By 19, I was in Korea."

The South Korean government intends to honor all the veterans from 16 countries who helped them until the last survivor is gone.

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