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Present overdue Purple Heart Korean War

AUSTIN, TX.—    U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will be in San Antonio, TODAY, Wednesday, March 26, to present a long overdue Purple Heart to Corporal Samuel A. Dunlap II for his courageous service during the Korean War. Dunlap, who was critically wounded while fighting north of Chun Chon, North Korea in 1952, was awarded the Purple Heart but never physically received the medal, as its records were destroyed in the war.

After receiving an inquiry from Dunlap’s son regarding the medal, Sen. Cornyn contacted the U.S. Department of Defense to inquire on its status and learned that in addition to the Purple Heart, Dunlap had also earned the Korean War Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

Sen. Cornyn was able to ensure delivery of the medals and will present them, along with a Certificate of Recognition from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, to Dunlap and his family members today.

CORNYN PRESENTS OVERDUE PURPLE HEART TO DISTINGUISHED KOREAN WAR VETERAN

 SAN ANTONIO— U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today presented a long overdue Purple Heart to Corporal Samuel A. Dunlap II for his courageous service during the Korean War. Dunlap, who was critically wounded while fighting north of Chun Chon, North Korea in 1952, was awarded the Purple Heart but never physically received the medal, as its records were destroyed in the war.

 After receiving an inquiry from Dunlap’s son regarding the medal, Sen. Cornyn contacted the U.S. Department of Defense to inquire on its status and learned that in addition to the Purple Heart, Dunlap had also earned the Korean War Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. Sen. Cornyn was able to ensure delivery of the medals and today presented them, along with a Certificate of Recognition from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, to Dunlap and his family members.

 “It was a great honor to present Corporal Samuel Dunlap with the Purple Heart he had anticipated for more than 50 years and the public recognition he has long-deserved for his courageous service in the Korean War. I was humbled to meet this distinguished veteran and his family, and to thank him for his brave service and patience.

 “Our nation’s veterans—from those who served during the two world wars to those returning today from Iraq and Afghanistan—deserve our greatest thanks and respect. Only through their service and sacrifices are we fortunate enough to enjoy the unparalleled liberties and opportunities that make the United States a shining symbol of freedom.”

 Sen. Cornyn added, “I hope this Purple Heart and the other distinguished medals Mr. Dunlap received today will bring him and his family the pride and gratitude he deserves.”

Background:

Samuel A. Dunlap II, now 78, was raised in Dallas, Texas and attended North Dallas High School.  Dunlap enrolled at A&M College of Texas in 1947 and served in the Corps of Cadets, Company B, Air Force ROTC.

 Upon the start of the conflict in Korea, Dunlap volunteered for service in the U. S. Army.  Dunlap entered the conflict as a Private First Class with the 25th Division, 35th Regimental Combat Team.

 In the spring of 1952, Dunlap was severely wounded by small arms and mortar shrapnel, when the Chinese and North Koreans attacked his position North of Chun Chon, North Korea.  Dunlap was evacuated to a M.A.S.H. hospital and underwent surgery without anesthesia. Dunlap was then sent to the Swedish Red Cross Hospital in Pusan, South Korea, where he underwent a third surgery. While in the hospital in Pusan, Regimental Headquarters was attacked, and the records for his Purple Heart were lost.

 Dunlap was honorably discharged from the Army in 1953 as a Corporal.  He resumed studies at A&M, where he met his wife Eugenia. The two were married February 20, 1954, and had five children.  Dunlap currently resides in Seguin, Texas.