Guenst awards Korean Peace Medal to war veteran in Hatboro

HATBORO, Aug 24 – State Rep. Nancy Guenst, D-Montgomery/Phila., alongside Head Consul of the Consular Office of the Republic of Korea in Philadelphia, the Honorable Daesup Chung, and staff celebrated a hometown hero today, awarding Hatboro resident and Korean War veteran Ira Bellew the Korean Peace Medal for his actions during the Korean War.

“A cornerstone of my time in office always has and will continue to be geared toward veteran initiatives and outreach,” Guenst said. “Members of my staff – myself included – are veterans. We understand and recognize the importance of taking care of those who put on that uniform. Today is another example of our mission to give credit and admiration where it’s due. It was an honor to take part in this event.”

The Korean Peace Medal, Guenst explained, is a medal from the Republic of Korea that acknowledges U.S. servicemembers for defending South Korea during the Korean War. The medal can also be awarded posthumously to a spouse or family member.

Guenst said that the award is available to Korean War veterans who have a DD-214 discharge document showing a United Nations Peacekeeping Medal or Korean Service Medal in the awards section.

Those interested in learning more can contact Guenst’s office at 215-259-5962 for more information.

Editors/Assignment Desks: Photos from today’s event can be found here.