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Ky. Veteran Honored For Courage In Battle

On Wednesday, a Korean War veteran from Kentucky was honored for something he did more than 50 years ago.

Ernie West, who is retired from the U.S. Army, was awarded the Medal of Honor after he exposed himself to enemy fire while protecting his injured commander.

Decades after that heroic act, he was given a Medal of Honor flag Wednesday morning in Frankfort. West was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Eisenhower in 1954.

The medal is the highest award for valor by an individual in the armed forces and the flag serves as a special recognition for those who have received the Medal of Honor.


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