Korean War veteran now an Ambassador for Peace

An East Ord war veteran has been awarded an Ambassador for Peace Medal.

Thursday, 2nd November 2017, 6:43 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 6:18 am
Martin Mears

Martin Mears served with the 45th Field Regiment in the Royal Artillery in the Korean War more than 65 years ago.

He was surprised – and delighted – to receive the medal through the post last week.

Martin Mears' Korean medal.

The accompanying letter from the Defence Attaché of Korea, based at the Korean Embassy in London, says: ‘I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for the dedication and sacrifice you gave with the 45th Field Regiment in the Royal Artillery in the name of peace and freedom for the people of Korea over 65 years ago. We are profoundly aware that Korea would not be who we are today without your help.

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‘The Ambassador for Peace Medal is bestowed upon those who have served during the Korean War and is recognition of the enduring legacy you and your comrades made for the freedom of our people.

‘All Koreans feel immense gratitude toward the brave veterans who stood by us in our darkest hour and fought to secure the freedom and prosperity we enjoy today.’

The official proclmation adds: ‘It is a great honour and pleasure to express the everlasting gratitude of the Republic of Korea and our people for the services you and your countrymen performed.’

Martin Mears' Korean medal.