Martin Joins Toomey in Honoring Local Heroes

LANCASTER – Senator Scott Martin (R-13) presented two local Korean War veterans with the Ambassador for Peace medal last week.

Martin presented the awards to U.S. Navy veterans Jerry Norquist and John Kunkle during a ceremony at Martin’s district office in Lancaster. Norquist and Kunkle were two of four local veterans who earned the award.

U.S. Army veteran Harold Mowrer and U.S. Marine veteran James Argires were also recognized as recipients of the Ambassador for Peace medal, but were unable to attend and will have the awards mailed to them, Martin said.

The awards were presented on behalf of the Republic of Korea in conjunction with the office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA). Toomey’s Central Pennsylvania Regional Manager Larissa Bailer also helped present the awards.

“Our area is incredibly blessed to be home to a large number of brave men and women who risked their safety and well-being to defend our freedom, and these award recipients represent the very best of our communities,” Martin said. “I appreciated the chance to meet with these local heroes and recognize their admirable service.”

Other veterans interested in applying for this medal should contact Senator Pat Toomey’s Central PA office at (717) 782-3951 to obtain an application.  An eligible veteran must have served in Korea at some time during the Korean War from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953.  Members of the US Navy are eligible if they served aboard a naval vessel that was assigned to Korean waters during the aforementioned timeframe. Veterans who participated in UN peacekeeping efforts in Korea until the end of 1955 are also eligible for this award.


CONTACT: Terry Trego (717) 787-6535

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