Medals given to Korean War veterans in East Hartford

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Special honors were given Friday for 100 Connecticut Korean War Veterans. The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea came to East Hartford to present the Korean Medal of Gratitude to those in our state who served in what is called the ‘Forgotten War.’

The Ambassador says he prefers to call it the “Forgotten Victory” because though the war ended in a stalemate with the North, South Korea has a successful democracy, and he is grateful for the sacrifices made by Americans in the war.

“It means a lot to go over there and help those people. I enlisted right away as soon as I found out there was a war. I’m glad I helped those people and I’d do it again if I had to. Semper Fi!,” said Russell Heslin of Wallingford.

The Ambassador, who created the medal, says they are made from melted down barbed wire separating North and South Korea.

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