Puerto Rican veteran of the Korean War finally awarded Bronze Star

Repeating Islands

A Puerto Rican retiree who served in some of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War received a belated appreciation Friday from the U.S. military, receiving one of the Army’s highest service medals as part of an effort to find and honor surviving veterans of the conflict before it is too late—the Associated Press reports.

Luis Ramos was presented with a Bronze Star for serving as a radioman, a highly vulnerable job that required him to be in the thick of combat, as the Puerto Rico-based 65th Infantry Regiment fought Chinese and North Korean troops from 1950 until the conflict came to a stalemate in 1953.

Ramos, now 89 and living with his wife in Coral Springs, Florida, was pleased with the recognition despite the delay, which is not that uncommon among veterans of the Korean War, in which more than 36,000 U.S. military personnel died.

“I feel very proud, and very glad,” Ramos told The Associated Press after the ceremony at…

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