The U.S. Eighth Army said Friday it will name retired Korean Army Gen. Paik Sun-yup as the honorary commanding general for its command post to pay tribute to his service during the 1950-53 Korean War.
The U.S. Eighth Army in June renamed its Combined Joint Task Force’s Operational Command Post after the 93-year-old Paik in honor of his service during the three-year conflict and for his contribution to the alliance between the two nations.
“He was a witness to a number of historical events in Korea, helping to shape the future of Korea. He is a long-standing member of the Republic of Korea-U.S. coalition,” the Eighth Army said in a press release.
A ceremony will be held on Aug. 29 at the New Mexico Range, located near the truce village of Panmunjom, just south of the Demilitarized Zone.
Marking this year the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and the forging of the South Korea-U.S. alliance, Seoul’s defense ministry created an award named after Gen. Paik and selected late U.S. Army Gen. Walton Walker as its first recipient. (Yonhap News)