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A veteran of the Korean War was recognized as the monthly Veteran of Honor.

Richard Weishahn was the recipient of the monthly program hosted by the Gage County Board of Supervisors and presented during a County Board meeting.

Gage County Veteran Services Director Phil Dittbrenner said Weishahn received the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for his service in the early 1950s.

“He entered the united States Army on October 17, 1951 and was discharged September 18, 1953,” Dittbrenner said. “…He spent most of his time in Korea.”

Weishahn said he spent around 16 months in Korea. During much of that time he guarded prisoner of war camps.

“At the time I got over there is when the Korean and Chinese boys were surrendering, so we had prison of war camps,” he said. “We had 5,000 prisoners where I was at. We guarded them until the war ended and then they disappeared into the public.”

Weishahn described seeing the prisoners carrying rice sacks over the hills. He thanked the county for recognizing his service, and added the prisoners being guarded were not dangerous.

“That was something to see when those 5,000 prisoners got out there and did their exercises,” he said. “They weren’t dangerous. They were better off with us than they were in the Army so they were happy to be with us. We could trust them with anything.”

Reach Scott Koperski at scott.koperski@beatricedailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottKoperski.

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