A local veteran is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Retired Army Corporal Ralph Wallace of Paris was presented with four medals as a result of his service in Korea and Viet Nam from 1952 to 1954. Congressman John Moolenaar made the presentation at the AMVETS post 1941 in Big Rapids on Tuesday.
“I believe that courage is displayed where courage is honored. And it's really important that we honor our veterans so future generations know that their service will be remembered as well. Our nation owes so much to all of our veterans including Ralph and his fellow soldiers who served in Korea,” he said.
When asked if what he went through in Korea was worth it...
“Probably yes. I wouldn't want to do it again, but yes,” he says.
Wallace received the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 2 BSS, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar. He says he's going to frame them and put them up at his home in Paris.