Veterans receive 'Ambassador for Peace' medals from South Korean Government

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It's gratitude that some say is long overdue. Nearly 100 veterans receive medals for service in Korean War. (KFSN)

Nearly a hundred valley veterans got a special honor on Thursday. It's gratitude that some say is long overdue.

Many of the men and women inside the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building never thought they'd be recognized or honored. They are products of the "forgotten war" -- now receiving medals from the South Korean government more than 60 years after the battle.

The Powers couple says they couldn't be more honored. "I thought the most important part was that she was the only female veteran there that stood out more."

That war brought them to the same naval hospital, the same cafeteria in Florida where both took care of the families of service men and women. They are Bob and Barbara Powers -- or as they like to be called: B & B.

On Thursday, they got those Ambassador for Peace Medals together. Hand in hand, like they have been for the past 62 years. "I don't know how many married couples were in the Korean war together, I don't really know."

Life has been good to them since the war ended. They have 3 kids, 7 grand kids, and 2 great grand kids. The 82 and 81 year old say they appreciate the honor bestowed on them and nearly 100 other fellow veterans as these medals are different. "We got medals before for being in the Korean War, but not from the Korean Consul. We thought that was an honor, yah, nice to be honored by the consulate, yah."

They were prepared to go overseas during the war, but as their time came, the war started to come to an end. The two remained in the medical field, together taking care of the ones who came home and taking care of each other. They now enjoy their days now surrounded by family and say they love the Valley, and the support it shows its veterans.
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