Ky. Medal of Honor recipient featured on stamp folio
WURTLAND, Ky. -- Korean War Medal of Honor recipient Ernest E. West of Wurtland, Kentucky, is one of 13 men to be featured on the Korean War Medal of Honor stamp sheet prestige folio.
A special dedication ceremony for the "Medal of Honor: Korean War Forever" stamps and to honor West will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Wurtland Middle School, 700 Center Ave., Wurtland.
West plans to attend, along with field representative J.R. Reed for U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie,
State Representative Tanya Pullin, Wurtland Mayor Donna Hayes and Greenup Postmaster Teri Thomas.
A first-day-of-issue ceremony for the new Forever Stamps was conducted Saturday at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheatre in Arlington, Virginia.
Despite serious wounds, on Oct. 12, 1952, Pfc. West fought off enemy forces and evacuated wounded soldiers following an ambush near Sataeri, Korea.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor Jan. 12, 1954.
West's photo appears on certain folios issued for the stamp, including the prestige folio, consisting of a large sheet that folds in half to create four pages, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
The folio contains 20 "Medal of Honor -- Korean War" stamps and features historic photographs of the last living recipients of the medal at the time of the design.
The names of all 145 recipients of the Medal of Honor from the Korean War are listed in addition to a short paragraph about the medal and its recipients.
The recipients were among 6.8 million members who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War.
Two-thirds of the 145 recipients were killed in action while performing those valorous actions.
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