MSG Andres Vergara (Ret.)

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MSG Andres Vergara (Ret.) visited South Korea in June, 2003 for the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War. While there, the government surprised him with the South Korean Medal of Honor award.  Apparently, they had been looking for Vergara for the past ten years to honor him for an act of bravery which had taken place more than half a century ago.  When Vergara was stationed in Japan in 1953, he entered a burning building to save the lives of more than 100 children and a nun.  Now grown, many of them were present at the ceremony with their own families to personally thank Vergara. Vergara served with the 65th in World War II.  Although Vergara retired with 34 years of military service, he was recently re-activated and working at Fort Stewart, Georgia at the ripe old age of 89.  In his off-time, he parachutes all over the world as a member of a parachute brigade.