Seoul of a man who served

Jackson Heights resident and Korean War veteran Robert West was presented earlier this month with four decorations he earned during the conflict, to replace ones that had been lost.

Rep. Joe Crowley, center, secured the medals and presented them to West along with state Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker. They were the National Service Medal, the Korean War Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the United Nations Service Medal. West also received a U.S. flag that had flown over the Capitol in recognition of his service. Born on Dec. 22, 1932, he served in the Army in 1953 and ’54 and also was in the New York National Guard at the 369th Armory.

The officials honored West for his service, with Crowley saying in part, “We owe a debt of gratitude to individuals like Robert and this is the least we could do to honor his commitment to our nation,” and Den Dekker saluting his “great distinction and courage.”