MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - A local Korean War veteran was surprised when a ceremony in Marietta was held in his honor.
Leonard Starkey lost his medals he earned in the Korean War. But with the help from Gloria Husk, the Parkersburg Veteran’s Museum and Congressman Bill Johnson, his lost medals were presented to him Saturday in front of his friends and family at the Quality Inn in Marietta.
Starkey's son Mike says Leonard thought he was just going to a Korean War display Saturday morning. Another surprise was Congressman Johnson coming to present the medals himself. He read an official proclamation from Congress.
Mike says, "It's going to be read on the floor of Congress and entered into the Library of Congress in honor of my dad. I've always been proud of my dad and it means so much because it just shows that the Korean War was the forgotten war but we're trying to make it known that these people aren't forgotten. He's a hero to all of us he fought for his country and believes he's a very advocate patriot."
Leonard was surprised when even his wife was sitting in the audience. They have been married since 1951 and have two children, six grandchildren and multiple great grandchildren.