Jackson Cit Pat: Korean War MIA soldier's family finally presented with his medals
SPRINGPORT, MI -- U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth W. Parker was declared missing in action at age 22 in Kumhwa, North Korea, on Oct. 14, 1952. Cynthia Wright, Parker's only daughter was only three months old.
Parker was later declared dead on December 31, 1953, but his remains have yet to be found. His medals including a Purple Heart were never presented to his family until Veterans Day this year.
During a Veteran's Day dinner at VFW Post No. 6056 in Springport on Saturday, Nov. 11, Wright, 65, surrounded by family and members of the auxiliary, received her father's medals from U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton.
Wright a member of the VFW auxiliary visited Walberg's office when she realized she could receive her father's medals. Members of his team said they would make it happen. When the auxiliary was planning the annual Veteran's Day dinner they decided to invite the congressman to personally present the medals to Wright.
"It means the world to me," Wright said. "The only other thing that would be even better is if his remains would come home."
Wright remembers her mother's stories about her father, like how excited he was when they were expecting their first child, Cynthia. She also remembered stories of how her parents would write back and forth while her father was in the service, and how her father always made sure her mother drove a Pontiac, her favorite car.
Prior to the medal ceremony, Walberg also presented a Vietnam War 50th anniversary pin to about 20 Vietnam War veterans. The commemorative pin thanks each veteran for their service.
This article originally appeared in the November 13 edition in the Jackson Citizen Patriot. Click here for a picture slideshow.