Cascade UMC Korean War veterans honored with Ambassador for Peace medal
By JENNIFER C. THOMAS
Three members of Cascade who are Korean War veterans were recently honored with “The Ambassador for Peace Medal.” The medal is authorized by the Korean Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) to be given to veterans who served in Korea during the Korean War, including the waters on the coasts of and air above Korea.
Robert (Bob) Michael Brennan, who was a U.S. Army Private First Class with the Mortar Platoon, Norman Allen Davis, former Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force Police, and Eugene R. Jones, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Infantry, all served in the 1950 to 1953 conflict between the North and U.S.-backed South Korea. The men are members of Cascade’s Veterans Ministry.
The awards were presented by Captain C. Monika Stoy (Ret.) and Lieutenant Colonel Timothy R. Stoy (Ret.) on April 7. The Stoys, both children of Korean War veterans, began assisting MPVA as advisors in 2012.
Capt. Stoy, who is of Korean heritage, shared remarks during the award ceremony. “We’re often asked what is the living proof for God…” said the military sociologist. “Well, you are seeing me and my mother. We are living proof for what has God has done and what you have done during the Korean War, and we thank you.”
Capt. Stoy’s mother’s two older brothers and father were killed during the conflict for not siding with the communists. Her mother eventually escaped from North to South Korea.
“As you see, she’s right here; that is living proof.” Capt. Stoy said with a trembling voice. Her 81-year-old mother smiled and waved at the congregation, who gave a standing ovation. Colonel Stoy, a military historian, read the certificate of appreciation each veteran received as their medals were presented by Cascade’s senior pastor, Rev. Dr. Marvin A. Moss, and witness division pastor, Rev. Joyce Banks Gross.
Johnny Miller, who served as a Squad Leader Sergeant in the Vietnam War and was awarded The Purple Heart, serves as president of the Cascade veterans ministry. The ministry consists of more than 120 veterans of wars ranging from World War II to Afghanistan who have taken an active role in mentoring and providing services for congregants as well as homeless veterans who may still suffer from the emotional and spiritual wounds of war. The ministry provides essential services, including job placement, financial assistance and counseling.