Snyder Co. Korean War veterans receive special recognition

January 7, 2020
In The News

SELINSGROVE, SNYDER COUNTY (WOLF) — It has been more than 60 years since the Korean War ended and veterans in our area are receiving special recognition from another country.

“I felt proud now that I’m a veteran and I’m 87 years old and here I am still getting medals," said Harley Freed, air force veteran.

Freed was one of seven veterans at the Selinsgrove VFW to receive the Korean Ambassador of Peace Medal.

The medal is from the embassy of the Republic of South Korea for veterans who served in the Korean War.

“People in Korea are proud of us I guess and want to keep giving to us for what we did over there to help their country," said Freed.

Freed said this is the second medal he’s received after serving in the air force for 21 years.

“I just feel real blessed seeing what I did and being here this long," said Freed.

However it is not just Korea who’s honoring them.

“This area does not forget anybody no matter who, where or when you served this area remembers you," said Harold Aucker, Selinsgrove VFW quartermaster.

One by one each veteran called up and presented with a new piece of hardware from U.S. Congressman Fred Keller, who’s father also served in the army during the war.

“I’ve known them for years and to be able to come here and present them with this medal you know from the Korean embassy, it’s an outstanding experience," said Keller.

An experience he said needs to be passed on to the next generation.

“It’s these kinds of people in these communities who serve us and they don’t do it for recognition, they do it because it’s the right thing to do," said Keller.

Keller says any veteran or anyone who knows a veteran who served in Korea and wants one of these medals can reach out to his office.