Pierre Korean War veteran’s family presented Atomic Veterans Commemorative Service Medal

PIERRE, S.D.(DRGNews)- A veteran from Pierre was posthumously recognized Friday for his service during the Korean War.

South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds presented the family of US Army Corporal Sherman W. Monroe, Jr., with his Atomic Veterans Commemorative Service Medal, prior to their leaving for Monroe’s burial at the Black Hills National Cemetery at Sturgis.

This is a fairly new medal, so Rounds staff member Bob DeJong shared some information about it.

DeJong says Monroe’s service was part of “Operation Upshot-Knothole.”

At the time, there was a lot we didn’t know or understand about atomic bombs and Senator Rounds says we’re now in a similar situation with artificial intelligence technology.