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Korean War veteran receives medals 57 years later

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- 57 years later, a Korean War veteran is being honored for his service.

Delbert Timson enlisted in the navy when he was 20 years old. He served from 1952 to 1954.

On Monday, Congressman Bruce Braley presented Timson with the National Defense Service medal, Korean Service medal, United Nations medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service medal.

"Other people my own age.. you just never thought about this stuff. You just never did," Timson said Monday morning as the memories started to come back.

The Waterloo man enlisted in the Navy when he was just 20 years old.  He served on the U.S.S. Rendova, an aircraft carrier.

"They didn't have enough medals to go around and they were going to hold and award ceremony later," Timson said when asked why he didn't have his medals.

That later date ended up being the first day of spring, March 21, 2011.

"Sadly, we're losing veterans at an alarming rate, who served in WWII, in the Korean War, and that's why these opportunities are so important to say thank you and make sure that those who made sacrifices are recognized for the sacrifices that they've made," Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) said.  Braley continued, "He was incredibly gracious in accepting these medals even though they're overdue. and I'm glad I had the opportunity to present them to him."

"This is the answer to what I was really looking for. All the fanfare I really didn't know anything about or expect it is just over whelming. It really is," Timson said.

"Congratulations on a long overdue honor of receiving these and I hope that you enjoy them," Rep. Braley said.

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