Congressman Fred Keller honors area veterans with Korean War service medals

September 2, 2021
Press Release


Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) presented Korean Ambassador of Peace Medals to nine local veterans and their families in a recognition ceremony at the Selinsgrove VFW.


The Korean Ambassador of Peace Medal is an honor from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to veterans who served in the Korean War. The medal was once given only to veterans who returned to South Korea but later expanded to include those who are unable to travel.


Six of the medals were awarded posthumously and presented to veterans’ surviving family members.


Medal recipients included:


  • Pasquale Deluca, Selinsgrove
  • Ernest Hollenbach, Sunbury
  • Donald Schrey, Selinsgrove
  • Harry Hummel, Northumberland
  • Eugene Leitner, Selinsgrove
  • William Hill, Selinsgrove
  • George Dubaskas, Selinsgrove
  • Thomas Forman, Selinsgrove
  • Kurvin Batdorf, Herndon


Following the ceremony, Congressman Fred Keller made the following statement:


“For generations, the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans have secured the blessings of freedom and protected our way of life; we are forever in their debt. Millions of Americans served in the Korean War, many of whom came from right here in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. While the conflict is sometimes referred to as the ‘Forgotten War,’ we must always remember the heroic efforts of these extraordinary individuals and honor the many sacrifices they made to keep us safe.”


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