Lake Zurich resident Robert L. Warren, United States Air Force Korean War Veteran to Receive 'Ambassador for Peace Medal'

On Oct. 19, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., the Lake Zurich American Legion Post 964 will be presenting Robert L. Warren with the "Ambassador for Peace Medal" at 51 Lions Dr, Lake Zurich.

This award application was processed through the Chicago Consulate General Office and was initiated by HooJung Jones-Kennedy, president of Korean War Veterans Advocates of Canada, who met Warren in Calgary, Canada, just outside of Banff. For information,

SSgt Robert L. Warren is a Korean War Veteran of the United States Air Force, enlisting on Aug. 14, 1952. He served until June 5, 1956. He is a Lake Zurich resident and an officer with Post 964.

He went to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. After basic training he went to Keesler Air Force Base Biloxi, Mississippi, and was trained to be a radio operator and learned International Morse Code to be an interceptor. He was with the Tenth Air Force and briefly went to Johnson Air Force Base Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, (North of western Tokyo) Japan in July 1953, before leaving for Clark Field, Luzon Island in the Philippines July 1953. As a Radio interceptor he would decipher code from units and divisions and was able to help triangulate the location, size, and movement of the enemy. During the interceptions, the enemy would have aircraft up, and the aircraft would communicate with enemy forces. He would intercept and copy the code and U.S Forces would find them.

Shortly after the war ended in Korea his unit was moved to Okinawa, Japan, February 1954-August 1955. He ended his career back in San Antonio as a staff sergeant in the Security Service.

He also played softball and was an exceptional softball pitcher and catcher and played in the Armed Forced Softball Championship at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. He was selected as Airman of the Month, awarded the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal.

Branch of Service or Wartime Activity: United States Air Force

Enlisted Service dates: 08/14/52 to 06/05/56

Highest Rank: SSGT

Unit, Division, Battalion, Group, Ship, etc.: USAF 6973rd Support Squadron

Locations of military service: Philippines, Okinawa Japan

Medals or service awards: National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal

Special duties/highlights/achievements: USAF Security Forces, Radio interceptor

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