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Sixty-two years ago on Feb. 14, 1952, at the age of 21, Freddie C. Earls of Carrollton was called to serve active duty in Korea for the Department of the U.S. Army. He served only one year, five months and 17 days. On April 19, 1953, he was wounded, resulting in the loss of eyesight in both eyes.
After a long hospital stay and a long recovery period, he was sent to rehabilitation in Chicago, Ill.
While serving in Korea, he received several medals for his service. These consisted of the Korea Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart and two Bronze Service Stars. Due to the severity of his injuries, he was never presented the medals.
Earls is now a resident of the Thomson-Hood Veteran’s Center in Wilmore, Ky.
On May 14, 2014, he received his medals in a ceremony given by the Veterans Home. There were 25 veterans honored that day. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bobby Dermon of the Kentucky National Guard, formerly of Carrollton, presented his medals to him. It was a proud moment for Earls and his family. Mr. Earls is the father of Charlotte (Tom) Unker of Carrollton and Dennis (Louise) Earls of Frankfort, Ky.