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Korean War Heroism Recognized
By Harold Hutchison

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. Even today, there is still technically a state of war between North Korea and the UN forces that halted the aggression in 1950.

For much of the past six decades, the Korean War has been described as the “Forgotten War.” That is changing to an extent, and one such case is that of William V. Wuorinen.

Wuorinen was awarded the Silver Star for heroic actions on 16-17 March 1953. During the fighting, Wuorinen helped drag a wounded officer to safety, then helped hold off Chinese troops until reinforcements arrived. At one point, Wuorinen and the other Americans burned all their personal information – saving only their Geneva Convention IDs, because they feared being overrun.

The award was delayed due to a paperwork error.

"Courage is contagious and when a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened," said U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), who added that it was time to correct the error and to “provide an award that Mr. Wuorinen should have received almost 60 years ago.”

“He is a true American hero,” Rep. Beutler said.