Sometimes we forget to remember those who served in the armed forces over the years. Wausau's VFW is remembering a Korean War Veteran this weekend. His name is Jerome Sudut, Second Lieutenant of the United States Army, who grew up on North 6th Street in Wausau.
The post says that on September 12, 1951, Jerome and his platoon made an unsuccessful attack on a bunker. Painfully wounded, Jerome lead his men to a second attack, and although this one was successful, he was mortally wounded and lost his life. He was only 22-years-old.
A year after his death, the American War Mothers placed a memorial for him in Wausau's Memorial Park. Over the years, his memorial was neglected, so finally the AMVETS Post 3929 decided to repair it, and added two seats in honor of the sacrifice he gave to his country. Veterans, family and friends gathered together on Saturday to honor him and re-dedicate the memorial. They also went to the Restlawn Cemetery where they gave a volley salute and wreath presentation.
"He's a war hero. The only one that has this honor in Marathon County and there's very few even honored in the state. I think five honored with the Metal of Honor. So there's only five out of how many enlisted meant to receive this honor which is outstanding, and we're part of it. So it's something special," said Sudut's nephew Terry Martin.
The veterans there say it's just as important to remember those who gave their life half a century ago as those serving our country today, and they hope to hold more dedications in the future.
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