“A True American Hero”
Hershey (as he likes to be called) is not only my hero, he is my best friend. Hershey (as he prefers to be called) has inspired me to be a better person and a better veteran and to do whatever it takes to help all veterans. Hershey has inspired an entire community to do the same, to become better people and to always have faith and no matter what happens always remember it is for a reason. Hershey received our nations highest award for Valor for his actions during the Korean War and has also been presented with the South Korean Medal of Honor and also our Congressional Gold Medal, making him one of the highest decorated Americans of all time, but Hershey has always remained such a modest hero. There are so many in our community that look to him for advise and look up to him for his leadership qualities. Our community has honored our dear friend and favorite son by naming a high school, VA Clinic, Overpass and Park in his honor, but Hershey is most proud of the high school named for him. He knows that the students at Miyamura High School will continue his name and legacy long after he is gone by obtaining the best high school education available. This always brings a smile to his face. Even at 91 Hershey continues to share his story of the Korean War to anyone who wants to hear to bring the recognition that those brave veterans deserve and has made it his mission to continue doing so as long as he can. This dedication to his fellow veteran is the most honorable dedication there is and makes me so proud to be his friend and to nominate him for this award.