UNION COUNTY — More than 60 years after he served his country in that conflict a Union County man was recently presented with the Korean War Medal by a group of his fellow veterans.
The Korean War was the first major conflict of the Cold War and lasted from June 25, 1950 until the signing of the armistice ending combat on July 27, 1953. The war pitted the communist powers of North Korea and China with the backing of fellow communist power Russia against allied forces that included South Korea and America operating under the authority of the United Nations.
Among the American soldiers deployed to Korea during the war was Union County resident James Roof who served two tours of duty there. Roof was honored for his service during last week’s Union County Shrine Club Fish Fry when a group of fellow veterans — Tommy Sinclair, Frank Hart, Butch Carter, and Richard Denton — presented him with the Korean War Medal.
In making the presentation, Sinclair cited Roof’s service to his country during the Korean War and also pointed to his service to his community since then as well.
“At the end of the day if a man has pulled his share of the load, and then some for those who cannot, then he has had a good day.” Sinclair said in making the presentation. “Being assigned to duty twice in Korea, Mr. Roof certainty pulled his share of the load then, and continues to do so now at the Shrine Club, and other community activities even at eighty plus years old.”
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