A Gage County man was recognized for his service during the Korean War by the Gage County Board of Supervisors at a meeting Wednesday.
Walter Vitosh served in the United States Army in Korea from Sept. 10, 1952 until June 10, 1954. A lifelong resident of Gage County, Vitosh was honored with the county’s monthly program.
Vitosh served with B-Battery of the 92nd AFA Battalion. During his service, he received multiple awards, including the National Defense Service medal, the United Nations Service medal and the Korean Service medal, with one bronze service star.
“I'm really overwhelmed, what's happening to me,” Vitosh told the board. “Thinking that, with my age I am now, that this probably wouldn't have come about, but it has.”
Board Chairman Myron Dorn said that sometimes veterans say that they feel they might not deserve the honor, but that the board, the county and the country sincerely appreciate their service.
“It's one of the great honors that we have as a board that we get to honor some of our veterans,” Dorn said. “Because, without you and the service that all of you have done, we may not be here and may not be able to do what we're doing.”
Numerous members of Vitosh’s family were on hand for the honor, including two of his daughters.
Vitosh said he had a daughter while he was in Korea and wasn’t able to see her for nine months until he returned to the U.S.
“I got word from the Red Cross that I was a papa to a daughter,” he said.