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Korean War Veterans Honored

DAYTON -- It's a war some say is forgotten, but for the veterans of the Korean War and to those in korea, it's unforgettable.

Saturday, more than 200 veterans received a special honor, from the country they fought to give peace.

A special tribute to the men in uniform who fought to give south korea its freedom.

"I was one of the young guys that was there," said Charles Smith Jr., Korean War Veteran.

And a day for those who were there to reminisce.

"I was only 17, so I was still a little bit wet behind the ears," Smith.

Charles Smith Junior, a Private E Two in the Korean War, is one of few who received one of the highest military honors, the purple heart.

"I got it up on the iron triangle in Korea in 1952. Got hit with a mortar shell while firing a machine gun downhill at the enemy," said Smith.

Saturday, at the Korean War Memorial in Dayton, Smith along with 270 other Korean War veterans were honored for their courage, their time served and their sacrifice.

"I am quite moved and touched by all the sacrifices and all those dedications made by the Korean War Veterans to my country," Jaewoong Lee, Deputy Consulate General.

But for Smith, and those honored, they appreciate the recognition.

"It's a great feeling, it's a great feeling," said Smith.

And it's because of that, that the Korean consulate is honoring them.

"We always remember all those efforts and dedications made to my country and we'll do our best to keep the freedom, democracy and peace," said Lee.

This month marks 60 years since the war ended in Korea.

More than 36-thousand Americans died during the Korean War.

 
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