Pete McCloskey Awarded PCI's 2014 Building Bridges Award
Korean War veteran and former U.S. Congressman Paul "Pete" McCloskey was awarded PCI's 2014 Building Bridges Award at the PCI Annual Award Dinner. McCloskey served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950 to 1952, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1952 to 1960, and the Ready Reserve from 1960 to 1967. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1974, having contained the rank of Colonel. His heroism in combat is legendary and he is known within the Marines as "the Beowulf of the Fifth Marines."
McCloskey was awarded the Navy Cross and Silver Star decorations for heroism in combat and two Purple Hearts as a Marine during the Korean War. He then volunteered for the Vietnam War before eventually turning against it.
In agreeing to accept the 2014 Building Bridges Award, McCloskey said, "The only bridge I would like to see built in my lifetime would be one where the people of North and South Korea can again be reunited as one people in peace."