Easton resident Nick Romeo gets medals earned by deceased brother in 1950.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Sgt. Vincent Romeo died during the Korean War. Nearly 62 years later, his brother received his medals.
Growing up, there was only a year separating Easton brothers Nick and Vincenzo Romeo. But since 1950, the gulf between them has been much deeper, and horribly eternal. That was the year Vincenzo -- a U.S. Army soldier -- was captured, and later died, while fighting in the Korean War. Sixty-two years later, Nick Romeo found a way to honor his older brother, requesting the medals he had earned during his service. On Thursday, a veterans group called American Ex-Prisoners of War presented Romeo with those medals during a brief, quiet ceremony in Centre Square. "Sad and happy," is how Romeo described his feelings after getting the medals, mounted and framed. Those medals include a Purple Heart, a POW medal, a Good Conduct medal, National …