State Senate passes Senator Daphne Jordan’s bipartisan legislation establishing the New York State Korean War Service Medal

Albany, NY – New York State Senator Daphne Jordan (R,C,I-Halfmoon), Member of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, today proudly announced that her bipartisan legislation establishing the “New York State Korean War Service Medal” passed the State Senate during today’s session.

Senator Jordan’s legislation, Senate Bill S.2091A, amends the State’s Military Law to establish the Korean War Service Medal for members of the armed forces or organized militia serving abroad in the Korean War from June 25, 1950, through July 27, 1953, passed the Senate today by a vote of 62-1. Senator Jordan’s bill authorizes the New York State Adjutant General to present in the name of the legislature of the State of New York a medal to be known as the “New York State Korean War Service Medal.”

The Korean War represented the first major military conflict of the Cold War and saw approximately 1.8 million American soldiers endure some of the most challenging environments and dangerous military engagements of the modern era. More than 33,686 U.S. military service personnel died in battle during the long, brutal war. Inappropriately referred to as America’s “forgotten war” the service and sacrifice of New York’s heroes who served during the Korean War is not forgotten by their fellow citizens.

“Our state will forever remember, and proudly honor, the courageous service and selfless sacrifice of our Korean War Veterans. Establishing a New York State Korean War Service Medal will further recognize our Korean War Veterans who proudly wore America’s uniform and served with valor, distinction, and patriotism. We are grateful to the members of our armed forces who served during the Korean War and the creation of this new medal through my bipartisan legislation will recognize and memorialize their service,” Senator Daphne Jordan said. 

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