Kansas Veteran Finally Receives Korea Service Medal

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) Fifty-seven years after he served with the Army in Korea, a northeastern Kansas man has finally received official recognition in the form of a medal.

Donald Hamilton received the Korea Defense Service Medal during a ceremony at the American Legion.

The medal was created in 2002 for members of the U.S. military who served in the Republic of Korea after the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement.

Hamilton served from April 1953 to May 1955 with a military police battalion in Taejon. The Junction City resident was a train guard commander, transporting prisoners, supplies, fuel tanks and troops.

Hamilton’s varied civilian career includes service with the Junction City and Manhattan police departments and the presidency of the Fort Riley Credit Union.