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Reminders of wars past and present highlighted a town hall meeting here with U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and about 100 constituents.
Deutch presented a Bronze Star and Purple Heart and six other medals and commendations to 82-year-old Korean War veteran John Siple, a Coral Springs resident who said a records mix-up prevented him from collecting them when he left the Army in 1953.
A few minutes later, when Deutch fielded questions about Social Security and the budget from the mostly senior crowd, Siple asked about the current U.S. involvement in Libya:

Gilbert “Choc” Charleston and Robert Heatley, who rolled through Europe in tanks during World War II, will be flying together in May to see the National World War II Memorial for the first time.
Charleston and Heatley, both 87, will be making the trip thanks to Oklahoma Honor Flights, a privately funded effort to fly World War II service members and other veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit national monuments.
Read more at NewsOK.com.

Reminders of wars past and present highlighted a town hall meeting here with U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and about 100 constituents.
Deutch presented a Bronze Star and Purple Heart and six other medals and commendations to 82-year-old Korean War veteran John Siple, a Coral Springs resident who said a records mix-up prevented him from collecting them when he left the Army in 1953.
Read more at The Palm Beach Post.

 
“I have waited a long time for this and it sure is nice to get it,” said Seaward, 80, of Wilton, after Michaud, D-Maine, presented a framed set of medals.
Michaud was accompanied by state Sen. John Patrick, D-Rumford. Earlier, Michaud asked Seaward and Patrick to join him for the ceremony.
“Veterans and their families have really served this country over a number of years in different wars, different conflicts, and I think one of the things we have to do is to make sure that we recognize them for their service,” Michaud said.

Fifty-seven years after serving his country, Korean War veteran Carl A. Seaward Jr. finally got his service medals Saturday, thanks to U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud.
After presenting Korean War veteran Carl A. Seaward Jr. of Wilton with long-overdue service medals on Saturday, U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, bursts out laughing after Seaward jokingly thanked the crowd for attending his ceremony. Most, however, came for the 39th annual St. Patrick's Day pancake breakfast in the Wilson Grange Hall and an ensuing Franklin County Democratic Committee meeting.

 
A Vietnam War veteran, Herschel Luckinbill finds his reward in showing World War II veterans “their” memorial.
The Montgomery man was aboard the first ship that took fire during the Vietnam War, serving from 1964 to ’67. Now retired, he has volunteered on all but the first Honor Flight in June 2008. He’s served 22 trips and helped more than 2,000 veterans see the memorial dedicated to World War II.

 
A Vietnam War veteran, Herschel Luckinbill finds his reward in showing World War II veterans “their” memorial.
 
The Montgomery man was aboard the first ship that took fire during the Vietnam War, serving from 1964 to ’67. Now retired, he has volunteered on all but the first Honor Flight in June 2008. He’s served 22 trips and helped more than 2,000 veterans see the memorial dedicated to World War II...

The Korean War is often called the “Forgotten War.”
The reason, said Jerry Seymour, an Army veteran of that conflict, is that it came close on the heels of World War II and was followed so closely by the Vietnam War.
However, it was and costly, with some 50,000 deaths and more than 8,000 personnel missing in action in a war lasting only a little longer than three years.

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