Korean War veteran honored in long-awaited ceremony

A Korean War veteran who paid the ultimate price on the battlefield was honored on Friday.

Marine Cpl. Frank Rocha was added to Hawaii’s Korean War Memorial.

Rocha earned the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart while serving in 1951.

Three years ago, his family discovered that he was left off the memorial.

“She passed away in 2010, she was terminally ill with cancer. I assured her, her father would be recognized and he has a stone here now,” Cpl. Rocha’s son-in-law and Vietnam War veteran John Totten said.

A total of 456 servicemembers from Hawaii died in the Korean War.

The memorial to their sacrifice was dedicated in 1994.

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