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Long lost commendation presented to Korean War veteran

By ANDREW DONOVAN

It has been sixty years since a local Korean War veteran earned his Army commendation medal, but on Friday, May 24, 2012, he held it for the first time.

Kevin Kelly, of New Hartford, received the long overdue honor thanks to help from Congressman Richard Hanna. Kelly wasn't even aware of the award, until his wife came across his name in old newspaper clipping about it. However, it was never added to his official record because the documents were destroyed in a 1973 fire at the Army's military personnel records center.

Kelly reached out to Congressman Hanna, who did a little research to make the honor happen.

"The National Record Center, they didn't have any record of it," Kelly said. "So we asked Congressman Hanna, and they found it, which is wonderful. They found it in the Army records' mimeographed sheets."

Kelly is an alum of Utica College, where the ceremony was held Friday. He is also the former President of Jay-K Lumber.

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