Eight from 'Forgotten War' honored

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Korean War veterans presented medals by congresswoman

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The room was large, easily capable of holding a hundred people. The group gathered was small, less than a dozen people, including two reporters. Outside the commission meeting room at Chiefland City Hall a father and two children came and went after paying a utility bill.  City Hall employees continued their duties  Inside five men stepped up to their congresswoman, and accepted her thanks and a small bronze coin she had struck in their honor. Eight local residents who fought in the Korean War were honored by Rep. Ginny Brown Waite on Tuesday afternoon. Before giving each a special commemorative coin marking the 55th anniversary of the end of combat, the congresswoman said her mother had called it, “the forgotten war.” The five men, all unforgettable characters in their own right, had hardly forgotten. Although the recitation of their service took each lest than 30 seconds. Kuhlman Judah said he served in the Navy on a ship that supplied seaplanes. “We were a floating gass can,” he said chuckling. Ramon Lizardi-Lopez not only fought in the war, he gave the military and his country 28 years of his life.

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