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Seven Veterans to be Awarded ‘Ambassador for Peace’ Medals

Watkins-Logan TSVH to host ceremony for Korean War Veterans
TYLER—The Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home (TSVH) will honor six Korean War Veterans during an Ambassador for Peace Medal ceremony scheduled for June 13 at 1:30 p.m. Six Veteran-residents of Watkins-Logan TSVH will be presented their medals by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Houston. Another Veteran will be awarded posthumously.

The following Veterans will be recognized and presented their medals at the ceremony:

–    Corporal Dan Hatfield, Oklahoma National Guard
–    Sergeant Duane Mead, U.S. Marine Corps
–    Private First-Class Charles Sims, U.S. Army
–    Staff Sergeant Douglas Ping, U.S Air Force
–    Sergeant First-Class Van Winn, U.S. Army
–    Airman First-Class Thomas Peterson, U.S. Air Force
–    Seaman Belford Jolley, U.S. Navy*

* Jolley will be awarded posthumously

More than 289,000 Texans served their country in the military during the Korean War, of which 1,723 were killed or went missing in action. The Ambassador for Peace Medal represents the Korean government’s appreciation for the United States servicemen and servicewomen who served in the conflict. Eligible Veterans must have served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. This award is also available to Veterans who participated in United Nations peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.


  1. Jose Rodriguez on June 30, 2022 at 6:09 am

    My brother was in the Army 51-53 and when to korea.
    how do I get you guys to recognize him 93years old.


  2. Jose E Lerma on July 1, 2022 at 12:02 am

    My father, Jose Enrique Lerma also served in the Korean War 10 December 52 – 21 September 54. He was with the U.S. Army, A Btry 39th FA BN. He was awarded the Korean Svc Medal w/1 Bz Svc Star, UN Svc Medal, Nat Def Svc Medal and the ROK Pres Unit Cit. He was a Pvt E-2.

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