A local war veteran and hero created American History this past week.
Ronald Rosser served as a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War. Rosser was a recipient of the Medal of Honor under President Truman in 1952 for his heroic acts during combat. Rosser recently paid a visit to South Korea July 24th and returned July 29th and during his time there, received the Korean version of the Medal of Honor. Rosser said to have received the medal from Korea brings him good feelings.
"It feels great. Of course I realize that when they gave me the medal, I represent the soldiers of the United States. All the soldiers that have fought there and have died there. It’s a good feeling to know that these people recognize me after all these years."
He is the only person in the history of our country to receive two Medals of Honor from two different nations. Rosser says it was a busy time over seas, but overall was a very outstanding experience. Rosser also said, regardless of what the country feels, he will never think of himself as a hero.
"I dont think much of this hero stuff. Everybody does the same thing, I did the same thing as everybody else I just got amongst them and lived through it. Not the kind of thing you would want to do every day. But I wouldnt change it if I had to do it…I’d do it again."
To read more about Rosser and his work during the Korean War, you can visit the congressional medal of honor society website: www.cmohs.org