NORFOLK -- Official military recognition came a little late but was most appreciated by Korean War veteran Harold Emlaw of Maple Street.
At a service held at the Norfolk American Legion Post on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, Petty Officer First Class Emlaw received recognition he had earned for six military service accomplishments during his service with the United States Navy from 1950 to 1953.
Emlaw, now 86, was officially recognized for his actions in a ceremony, having received no formal recognition until then.
Colonel William Murphy, USAR retired, of Canton, presented the recognition to Emlaw at special ceremony with family and friends present.
During his service in the Korean War, Emlaw earned decorations including the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, UN Service Medal for Korea, and the Republic of Korea Service Medal.
He was congratulated by a large crowd that gathered to see him recognized.
Emlaw is also listed to be a later recipient of recognition for his actions during World War II. Formal military recognition of those actions will be conducted at a later date, once they are received, according to Norfolk American Legion Historian Royal Sheldon.
At the end of the ceremony, all those present were invited to share a meal provided by the women of the Norfolk Legion Auxiliary.
Emlaw, retired owner of Emlaw's Auto Repair, is a long-time veteran member of the Norfolk American Legion. "