Korean War veteran Tom Sullivan was presented with the Korean Service Medal, the UN Korea Medal and the National Defense Service Medal on Sunday at Community Christian Fellowship Church in Lindale.
Family, friends and the church congregation joined the 83-year-old Lindale resident as U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert presented him with the medals during the church’s morning services.
Sullivan said he didn’t receive his medals earlier because records of his service in Korea could not be found. However, he was able to provide his discharge papers as proof of his service in the Korean War.
During the presentation, Gohmert was proud to recognize Sullivan’s military contributions.
“It’s so wonderful to be here with you today to worship and then a special honor getting to recognize Tom Sullivan, a devout member here,” Gohmert said. “He has protected us. He has done everything he can with his life to serve our nation, our society.”
Gohmert gave a short history of Sullivan’s life and military career that included his growing up in Houston, joining the Navy at age 17, volunteering for overseas duty in Korea and re-enlisting with the Army at 21.
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