“...I would like to offer you my deepest gratitude for your noble contribution to the efforts to safeguard the Republic of Korea and uphold liberal democracy around the world. At the same time. I remember with endless respect and affection those who sacrificed their lives for that cause.” — Letter to U.S. service members from Kim Dae-jung, president of the Republic of Korea, June 25, 2000

Bob Evans, Marysville, was congratulated with his comrades in an official letter from the South Korean government and received a medal in 2000 for his service during the Korean War. But it wasn’t until this year that he received a medal recognizing his service as an “Atomic Veteran,” a designation given by the U.S. Department of Defense to members of the military exposed to radiation.