October 3, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stays of a U.S. Military corporal killed in the course of the Korean Conflict have been recognized 73 years after he was declared lacking and was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery, U.S. and South Korean officers stated Wednesday.

Luther H. Story of Buena Vista, Georgia, was posthumously awarded the nation’s highest navy award for his actions throughout an intense assault by the North Korean military on Sept. 1, 1950.

U.S. officers stated that Story “fearlessly stood in the course of the highway, throwing grenades into the truck. Out of grenades, he crawled to his squad, gathered up extra grenades, and once more attacked the automobile.”

He was wounded in motion and stayed behind in order that his firm may get to security.

“When final seen he was firing each weapon out there and preventing off one other hostile assault,” U.S. officers stated.

Story’s stays couldn’t be recognized, and Gen. Omar Bradley introduced Story’s father the Medal of Honor at a Pentagon ceremony in 1951. The corporal was declared unrecoverable — his stays nonetheless lacking — on Jan. 16, 1954.

In June 2021, 652 individuals killed within the Korean Conflict have been disinterred and utilizing, DNA, dental and anthropological evaluation on the human stays, found Story’s stays.

“The supreme sacrifice and heroism of Corporal Luther Story is illustrative of the liberty, safety, and prosperity the South Korean individuals have at this time,” the White Home and Republic of Korea stated in a joint assertion.

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The announcement comes as President Joe Biden welcomed South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol for a state go to. On Tuesday night, Yoon and his spouse, Kim Keon Hee, made a night cease to the Korean Conflict Memorial with Biden and first girl Jill Biden. They participated in a wreath-laying ceremony subsequent to the memorial’s Pool of Remembrance. Whereas they have been there, the leaders met with Story’s dwelling relative, his niece Judy Wade and her partner Joseph Wade.

Each nations proceed to work to establish all lacking troopers.