Larson, Ward Present Korean War Veteran with Military Medals in Bristol




(Hartford) – Today, Congressman John B. Larson joined Mayor Art Ward in presenting Bristol resident and Korean War veteran Omer Deabay with the medals he earned during his service in the United States Army. After entering the military in 1951, Mr. Deabay served as a Sergeant in the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division. Mr. Deabay continues to support veterans in his community, participating in a Korean War Veterans group that has raised money for Korean War monuments in Bristol and Forestville.

“Mr. Deabay bravely served our nation during the Korean war, sacrificing his safety for our freedom,” said Larson. “I am honored to join Mayor Ward today in presenting him with these well-deserved medals for his service. I thank him for his bravery during the Korean War and for his continued efforts to support the veteran community in Bristol and across Connecticut.”

“Mr. Deabay served his country with honor and distinction and has earned our utmost respect and extreme gratitude,” said Mayor Ward.


Larson with Mayor Art Ward, Omer Deabay and his wife Pauline

Mr. Deabay was presented with the following medals:

  • The Purple Heart
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars
  • Combat Infantry Badge 1st Award
  • United Nations Service Medal

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