Service & Sacrifice: Peace medals for war veterans

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — An unexpected surprise from the government and the people of South Korea left one veteran of that war almost speechless.

“It just filled my heart, it really did that they thought that much of us,” said Air Force veteran Charles Quagliana displaying his Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal.

The gold medal and purple ribbon are a tribute to American veterans of the three-year war in Korea from 1950-1953.   The medal once went to veterans who returned to Korea after the war as a “thank you” for their service.  But that effort has expanded to any veteran who served in that conflict, living or dead.

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