Hoeven honors Service of Cpl. Joseph Muller, Presents Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal

GLEN ULLIN, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today presented Joseph F. Muller with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, an expression of appreciation from the South Korean government in honor of those who served in the Korean War. Muller, a native of Haymarsh, North Dakota, was drafted into the military in 1951, served as a member of the National Guard’s 188th Field Artillery out of Mandan and achieved the rank of Corporal. 

“This medal represents the gratitude of the South Korean people for Cpl. Muller’s service in helping to preserve their freedom from what would become one of the most oppressive and dangerous regimes in the modern world,” said Hoeven. “We must always remember the selfless service of our veterans, and Joseph Muller stands as a great example of this, both in his time overseas and as a member of his community. We join together with his family, the residents of Glen Ullin, the people of South Korea and our nation in thanking him for his service.”

Muller served in Korea from September 7, 1951, through September 6, 1952, and was previously awarded the Korean Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the United Nations Service Medal. Following his honorable discharge in 1952, he worked as a carpenter, farmer and plumber, including 46 years of employment at the local hardware store in Glen Ullin and 16 years as a self-employed plumber. He married his wife, Delores, in 1953, and the two have four children, 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Muller has a long record of community service, having been a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus for 64 years.