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As covered by FOX News, a long-lost hero has finally been recognized for his bravery during the Korean War. Corporal Luther Herschel Story was declared missing in action 73 years ago, but his family never gave up hope that he would be found and honored for his sacrifice.
Story was just 19 years old when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1950. He was sent to Korea to fight in the war, where he served as a machine gunner in the 25th Infantry Division. On September 1, 1950, Story and his unit were ambushed by North Korean troops near Haman, South Korea. During the battle, Story’s machine gun was destroyed by enemy fire, but he refused to retreat. Instead, he picked up a rifle and continued to fight alongside his fellow soldiers.
Despite being severely wounded, Story held his ground and continued to fight until he was captured by enemy forces. He was declared missing in action and presumed dead by the Army, but his family never gave up hope that he would be found.
In 2019, Story’s remains were finally identified through DNA testing and returned to his family for a proper burial. But that wasn’t the end of his story. In May of 2021, Story was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the United States.
President Joe Biden presented the medal to Story’s sister, Margaret Story, in a ceremony at the White House. “We’re here to award a Medal of Honor to a young man who was lost to war, but never lost in memory,” Biden said. “He was lost to war, but never lost in memory.”
The Medal of Honor citation describes Story’s bravery in detail. “Despite being wounded multiple times, Corporal Story refused medical attention and continued to fire his weapon, holding back the enemy until his company could consolidate its position,” it reads. “His heroic actions inspired his fellow soldiers to continue fighting, and his selfless service and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”
Story’s family was overjoyed to finally see him recognized for his bravery. “It’s a long time coming,” his nephew, Bill Story, told FOX News. “But it’s just wonderful to see him finally get his due.”
The story of Luther Herschel Story is a reminder of the sacrifices made by our military men and women, and the importance of never giving up hope. Thanks to the dedication of his family and the hard work of forensic scientists, Story’s bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
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