Saturday, February 23, 2013

Korean War Veteran Gets Long-Overdue Medal

Via the Military Times:

Gordon Petro, a retired Army Command Sergeant Major who served in the Korean War, including two years in a POW camp, has been awarded the POW medal at the age of 80, nearly 60 years after his capture.  A native of upstate New York, Petro spent 27 years in the army before becoming a JROTC trainer in California and later retiring to Brevard County, Florida.

About his captivity, Petro says, "I spent a couple of years in a POW camp in Korea, but it was probably a cakewalk compared to what those poor guys went through in Vietnam."

Surely, a point worth pondering when discussing the experience of Vietnam veterans.

Read the story at Florida Today.

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