U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) recently presented Oak Lawn veteran Army Cpl. Gust Peterson with three medals he earned for his service in the Korean War six decades ago. Lipinski personally pinned the Army Good Conduct Medal on Peterson during a ceremony attended by Peterson's family and U.S. Army personnel at the congressman's Chicago district office.
"I'm honored to participate in this important day for Cpl. Peterson and his family, and proud that my office was able to get him the medals he earned but never received," Lipinski said. "Our veterans have fought valiantly for our nation. It is a top priority of mine that they receive the proper recognition for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf."
Peterson served in the U.S. Army in 1953 and 1954. He had contacted Lipinski's office for help obtaining the medals he had earned for his service in the Korean War.
In addition to the Army Good Conduct Medal recognizing exemplary conduct, efficiency, and fidelity during his period of service, Peterson received the Korean Defense Service Medal from the U.S. Army and the Korean War Service Medal from the Republic of Korea. Peterson also was given a letter of appreciation from the President of the Republic of Korea.
Peterson lives in Oak Lawn with his wife of 60 years, Norma. Together, they have four children and three grandchildren.