Those who risked their lives during the forgotten war were remembered Tuesday.
Korean War Ambassador of Peace medals were given to 17 veterans on Tuesday.
The special medals were awarded during the sixth annual Flag Day ceremony at the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Erie.
Among those awarded Tuesday was a veteran who was in front-line combat, and said he’s lucky to be alive.
“This aircraft carrier started dropping bombs on us,” said Eugine Boderecco, who served in the Korean War from 1952-1953. “It killed one man not far from me and I was in a bunker and I heard the bombs come down and I was scared. I said ‘God, help me.’ And a bomb never hit that bunker.”
This commemorative medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean Government to American service men and women who served in the Korean War.