Korean War vets honored in Lackawanna County

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There are many special medals for military service like the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

But there’s a distinguished honor for Korean War veterans that’s centered around peace.

It was a day of honor and recognition for some Korean War veterans at the Gino Merli Center in Scranton.

“Well, I’m happy for getting something like this,” veteran sergeant Michael Remetta said.

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright awarded eight veterans “Ambassador for Peace” medals during an emotional ceremony.

“The Ambassador for Peace medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to American service men and women who served during the Korean War,” Cartwright said.

One of the recipients was Remetta. He was born in Throop and enlisted in the United States Army in 1952.

“I had one tour, and then I came home, and then I had another tour. I was a medic. When they got wounded I had to patch them up,” Remetta explained.

Before he shipped out to war, he married his loving wife, norma.

“I’m very proud. I was proud of him from the day he went into the service because we were just married. And I took him down to the train station over here, and I took his mother with me, and he got on the train, and went to Chicago I guess, and out west,” Norma said.

They’ve been together for the last 69 years. While Korea is often called the “forgotten war”, the sacrifices Remetta and the other heroes made will always be remembered.

“I prayed. I prayed for him every single day, and everybody else that he was with. Because I know it was very, very dangerous,” Norma said.

Some family members accepted medals on behalf of veterans who’ve passed away.

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