Medal of Honor recipient born in Lamar, Missouri - KOAM TV 7

Medal of Honor recipient born in Lamar, Missouri


On the front lines in Korea, Sergeant Jack Weinstein put his men's lives before his own.

"They were being overtaken by the enemy because they were running low on ammunition so he sent his men back to retreat and he stayed there and used up all of his ammunition," said Nancy Weinstein, Jack's wife. She says her husband used enemy grenades to keep forces back.

While Weinstein's courage crossed oceans, it stemmed from a small 4-state town.

In 1928, Sergeant Weinstein was born in Lamar, Missouri. He was later drafted in the army in 1950.

Lamar is a town rich in history, notably for being the birthplace of President Truman, who sent US troops into Korea.

Local residents Keith Selvey and Clarence Schorzman served during World War II. Both men are proud of the recognition bestowed upon a fellow veteran and town native.

"It's a great honor for a man from Lamar to get an honor like that," said Selvey.

"I'm proud to tell other people that I'm proud of that man that's getting the honor," said Schorzman.

In Washington, Nancy was among other veterans' family members to receive the Medal of Honor on her husband's behalf.

"It feels so privileged and honored," said Weinstein. "I'm so thankful to be here."

While Weinstein may not be alive to receive the highest military honor, his unselfish acts remain alive in other soldiers, like Selvey.

"I would never ask my men to do anything I wouldn't do myself," said Selvey. "I tried to lead them through everything. That's probably what he did too."

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