Heroes of Korean War honored with certificate

FIRST PHOTO: Richard Miyamoto, 81, of the 45th Division salutes with fellow veterans during the playing of the national anthem Friday afternoon at a commemoration ceremony at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Korean War veterans and surviving family members of deceased veterans were given certificates of appreciation to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the war.

SECOND PHOTO: Seventy-one veterans – including Tommy M. “Blinky” Sato (right), 81, of the 24th Division – were honored at the event and were presented certificates by Col. David J. Clark, director of the Department of Defense’s 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. “It’s always a humbling experience to be with the heroes of the Korean War,” Clark said in a keynote address. “I think the term ‘hero’ gets thrown around a lot, but the Korean War veterans, they were real heroes. . . . This nation owes you a tremendous debt for your service.” In total, about 150 Maui veterans received the certificate for serving in Korea between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953.