Asian American Korea War Hero Gives What Could be his 'Final Talk' in Gallup, NM

Sep 2, 2019

Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura, the son of Japanese immigrants and native of Gallup, New Mexico who was awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War, may have given his last public lecture.

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014. file photo, people stand to honor Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi Miyamura, center, during a Veterans Day ceremony at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial in Albuquerque, N.M.
Credit (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

The Gallup Independent reports the ailing 94-year-old veteran spoke to a group of U.S. Navy Seabees last month in Gallup about his life and service. Miyamura spoke about the emotion he had seeing the American flag after he was liberated from a POW camp during the Korean War.

The talks were part of the lectures he gives every summer to servicemen and servicewomen in western New Mexico.

Ken Riege, who travels around with Miyamura, says the veteran may not give the talks next year because of his declining health.

Miyamura served in the Army from 1945 to 1953.