ROCK SPRINGS — Korean War veterans and their families were honored during a ceremony at the American Legion Gunyan Hall yesterday afternoon conducted by Wyoming Military Department Executive Director Tim Sheppard.
The veterans and their families received the Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal in recognition for their service and sacrifice during the Korean War.
The peace medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government for the United States veterans and those who served the United States peacekeeping mission in the early 1950s, said Doug Uhrig, Third Judicial District Representative for the Wyoming Veterans Commission.
The armed conflict in Korea, which began on June 25, 1950, and ended on July 27, 1953, claimed the lives of millions of Korean soldiers and civilians on both sides, hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers, and nearly 40,000 U.S. soldiers.
The 68th anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended the fighting on the Korean Peninsula was celebrated on July 27, 2021.
“While they served long ago, their role has not been forgotten either in this country, or in South Korean.”Doug Uhrig, Third Judicial District Representative for the Wyoming Veterans Commission
Uhrig added that “young men and women warriors from halfway around the world, not even knowing where Korean was on the world map, left their comfortable homes, families and jobs and came to the aid of a third world country…to preserve freedom, democracy and a way of life from communist aggression.
Veterans receiving the Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal were:
Richard D. Bergandi
Harry F. Cleveland
Wesley B. Heikkinen
Dennis A. Klakken
George W. Nelson
George E. Probart
George F. Rosette
Ray L. Black
Elden D. Cowan
Richard H. Lee
Bob W. Pardew
Wayne E. Robinson
Oliver W. Tebedo
Vasco G. Walton
Roland D. Breininger
Curtis D. Greenwood
Allan L. Kiernan
William J. Little
Carl E. Parsons
Richard H. Rockey
Kenneth G. Tyler
The Rock Springs ceremony wrapped up a statewide tour of events honoring the veterans of the Korean War.
“This has been a long process, but with the guidance and help of the Government of the Republic of Korea, the Wyoming Veterans Commission, the Tri-County Veterans Service Office, and the Veterans Service Organizations throughout the state, we have reached these final presentations,” Uhrig said.
From all of us at SweetwaterNOW, congratulations to the Korean War veterans and their families for this recognition, and thank you for your service.