There has been some confusion over the medals to be presented to the Korean War veterans in this area.
Dave Anderson, commander of the Washington area Chapter 324 of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), explained the difference in the two medals for which there is some confusion. Both are awarded by the South Korean government.
The Ambassador for Peace Medal goes only to veterans who served in Korea anytime during the war — from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953.
That medal was to have been presented here Saturday, July 27, to eligible veterans during the observance of the 60th anniversary of the cease-fire in Korea. However, those medals have not arrived, and will be presented at a later date.
What will be presented Saturday during the program will be a medallion from the South Korean government. It will go only to those veterans who are members of local Chapter 324. To be a member of the local chapter, and of the national association, a veteran must have served in the military during the Korean War era — 1950 - 1955. Service in Korea is not required to be a member of the KWVA. The dues to join the national organization are $25 a year. The local chapter dues are $10 a year.
Printed in the program for Saturday’s observance will be the names of veterans who are members of the local chapter.
More than 60 Korean War veterans applied for the Ambassador for Peace Medal. Not all of them have joined the local chapter.
The local chapter has more than 50 members.
“We are sorry for the confusion. We had hoped the Ambassador for Peace Medals would arrive in time for the July 27 program. That didn’t happen and was beyond our control,” Anderson said. “All Korean War veterans are invited to attend Saturday’s program,” he added.
If a veteran has questions, he or she may contact Anderson at 636-239-7013.