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4/11/2007-Palestine

Korean War Veteran Receives Medals 55 Years Late

On the Korean War memorial in Washington D.C. the words "freedom is not free" are sketched into stone. But for one Korean War Veteran it would be more than a half century before he would receive what was owed to him.

A new look, and a different purpose Wednesday at the Palestine library. Coming for more than a book, Freddie Martin came for four long overdue war medals.

"Freddie Martin is one of those individuals who deserve great honor," said Congressman Jeb Hensarling.

A great honor he received, fifty five years after Freddie served in Korea, his family contacted Congressman Jeb Hensarling's office. It turns out, Fred earned, but never received four medals.

The Korean War Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal.

"Now Freddie I've heard things about getting lost in the mail but 55 years later is a long time to wait," said Congressman Hensarling, "It is a great privilege and honor to bestow upon you the medals that you so quickly deserve ."

"This has been a long time," said Martin, "thank you sir."

"It is not by accident. This is because generations answered the nations call. It's people like Freddie Martin and answered their nations call."

So in a place with centuries of history at your fingertips, Freddie Martin's story will forever be remembered. 

"We will as a nation. We will always be grateful...we will always be proud we will always be free in addition to his medals."

Freddie Martin was also recognized by the "department of defense" for his service during the cold war.

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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