USO’s Six Star Salute honors servicemembers
SEOUL — They come from a variety of jobs: pay clerk, interpreter, mortar launcher, scout, office administrator. But these enlisted servicemembers are the ones who shoulder military service in South Korea, a few among thousands who stand ready.
The United Services Organization recognized a handful of those servicemembers Thursday night at the Hyatt Hotel during its 33rd annual Six Star Salute, a gala honoring those in military service. The honorees included 46 Americans, 32 South Koreans, one Filipino and one Thai.
“Your mission is wanted and appreciated by everyone residing on the Korean Peninsula,” said John Papazian, co-chairman of the Six Star Salute Committee.
The servicemembers, who came from all branches of the military, filed in through an honor guard’s arched swords, walking down a long, red carpet and sitting at tables throughout the banquet hall. The honorees then were presented with USO Six Star Salute medals at their tables.
“It’s exciting,” said Sgt. Shandah Marnoch, a training noncommissioned officer for 2nd Infantry Division artillery at Camp Stanley. “I feel very honored to be with such high people right now.”