Honored After Death

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A South Dakota man, who died serving his country, is finally being honored. Sergeant Edward Logan was killed in action during the Korean War in 1950. On Friday, his brother accepted several service medals on his behalf. 

The medals themselves may be small, but the meaning behind them is massive.

“I’m real proud of it. I really am. I spent six months in Korea, so I know what he went through. And it was devastating,” Edward’s brother, Otto Logan, said. 

Otto is accepting the Purple Heart, among other awards, from Senator John Thune on behalf of his brother.   

This isn’t the first time Otto has had the honor of having his family recognized for their service. He has another brother, Robert Logan, who served in World War II, who was also awarded for his service.

“We have an opportunity to recognize that kind of valor.  And to be able to express our appreciation to these heroes of South Dakota, it really is the highest honor I have,” Thune said. 

Otto says Edward helped take care of him and his other siblings. When they fell on hard times after their mother passed away that bond was even more special.

“This means a whole lot to me because my family, we always stuck together. During bad times and hard times, we always stuck together,” Otto said.

Now, another member of the Logan family is getting the recognition he deserves. Even if it is decades in the making.

“It’s hard to know that you got examples like this, stories like this, in our state’s history that perhaps won’t get told. I think they all deserve to be recognized,” Thune said. 

“It makes me feel wonderful, because I think they deserved it,” Otto said. 

Sergeant Edward Logan was a member of the 65th Engineer Combat Battalion.

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