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Korean War veteran honored at Tomahawk Postal Service ceremony

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TOMAHAWK (WAOW) -- A Korean War hero celebrated his 85th birthday with an honor.

Sergeant Einar H. Ingman Jr. attended the Tomahawk Postal Service dedication ceremony for the Medal of Honor: Korean War Forever stamp. The postal service also honored Ingman with a personalized postmark.

For the next month, mail will be canceled with a stamp bearing Sergeant Einar H. Ingman Jr's name. The postmark is a tribute to the Medal of Honor Winner from Tomahawk.

"10 years ago, if you told us he'd be here celebrating his 85th birthday and the honor medal award and a postmark cancellation I would have laughed at you," said Jim Ingman, Einar Ingman's youngest son.

Ingman suffered a stroke about 10 years ago. Doctors told Ingman's family, he might not make it. But family members say, Ingman is strong.

Ingman's sons say their father was injured several times in war.

The Korean War veteran was given the Medal of Honor for his bravery in 1951. The Medal of Honor is a very rare award. Only nine recipients are alive.

Ingman's speech is restricted due to the stroke but his sons say their father is honored.

"He never was a person who wanted to be treated any different so he'd be a little humbled to be here, " says Jim Ingman. "But he's proud to be here."

Ingman's sons say, his father would want to remind everyone he isn't the only hero. We wouldn't be free today if it wasn't for every veteran and soldier.

Postal workers in Tomahawk will use the Einar Ingman cancellation stamp for the next 30 days.

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