Former Belfast native and Korean War veteran Colby J. Taylor has been recognized by the South Korean government with the Ambassador for Peace medal.

Born in Belfast in 1930, Taylor graduated from Crosby High School in 1948 and was drafted into the Army in 1951. Taylor did his basic training in Texas and was sent to Korea later that same year.

A letter addressed to Taylor from the Korean Consulate reads: “The people of the Republic of Korea will always remember you as a hero who took on the call to defend the freedom and democracy for the Korean people.”

In a letter to The Republican Journal, Taylor, who now lives in Massachusetts, said he wishes to pass along to other local Korean War veterans, who may also be eligible for this award, that they should contact the American Legion in Belfast or Togus in Chelsea, and inquire about how to apply for this commendation.

To be eligible, a service man or woman must have served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. The commendation is also available for veterans who participated in U.N. peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.

To apply for this commemorative medal, veterans or their family members can download an application form at https://www.nd.gov/veterans/benefits/south-korea-veterans-ambassador-peace-medal. Veterans need to furnish a copy of the Veteran’s Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty along with their application form for verification purposes.