Governor unveils Medal of Honor plaque

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Three of Kentucky's five living Medal of Honor recipients attended the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate those who have earned the nation's highest military award.

Pfc. Ernie West, a Korea veteran; Staff Sgt. Don Jenkins, a Vietnam veteran; and the newest honoree, Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, who served in Afghanistan, were honored when Gov. Steve Beshear revealed the bronze plaque that will hang outside the Capitol Rotunda, where the ceremony was held Thursday.

Two other Medal of Honor recipients, Sgt. 1st Class Gary Littrell of Vietnam and Pvt. Wilburn Ross of World War II, couldn't attend.

The names of the five are included among the 60 Kentuckians who have earned the Congressional Medal of Honor since 1861 for what Beshear called "the most courageous service of all."

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