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01/13/04

Disabled Korea Vet Gets Medal

A Richmond Hill man is being honored for the sacrifices he made for our country. David Minor fought in the Korean War more than 50 years ago, and WTOC was there as Congressman Max Burns (R-GA Dist. 12) made a trip to his home to personally deliver his award.

It's called the forgotten war, and for retired Sgt. Minor, forgetting many of his memories from the Korean war is just he wants to do. "We just heard him talk about how rough it was," his wife, Betty, told us. "He nearly froze to death and didn't have enough to eat and all those things."

But today, Minor was honored for all he went through. After battling throat cancer, he was disabled, and has been unable to attend any of the recognition ceremonies held for Korea veterans in the past few years. His disability also prevented him from speaking directly to us.

But just six weeks ago, his wife ran into Congressman Burns. "He said he would love to come to the house, but I wasn't sure he meant it," she said.

But Burns did mean it. "We have an opportunity to recognize a great American hero who served his country and finally get the medal he deserves," Burns said. "We appreciate everything you've done," he told Minor.

It was an emotional day for David Minor and his family. He finally got recognized for sacrifices he thought were "forgotten" more than 50 years ago.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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