La Porte native Capt. Andrew Scherer honored with Guardian of Freedom medal


Story by WNLP’s Mike Kellems; photos courtesy of the Scherer family

A La Porte man received a unique honor Thursday while stationed in South Korea, serving his country.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Scherer was one of seven U.S. Armed Forces members to be awarded the Guardian of Freedom medal. The award was presented to members of the U.S. military currently stationed in South Korea and who are descendants of Korean War veterans.

Capt. Scherer, who has been stationed overseas since early 2019, is the great-nephew of William “Bill” Griechen. Griechen was a private serving in the U.S. Army and was killed March 8, 1961.

Capt. Scherer is the son of Terry and Rene Scherer.

South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook presented the medal to Capt. Scherer during an event marking the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict. The ceremony was held at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, which is located about 70 kilometers south of Seoul.

“The South Korea-U.S. alliance, forged through blood under gunfire during the Korean War, maintains peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and has become the foundation for South Korea’s democracy and economic growth,” Suh said in a welcoming speech. Suh bestowed the Guardian of Freedom medals to five USFK officers and two civilian workers.

About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea to deter North Korean aggression, a legacy of the 1950-53 conflict, which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the divided peninsula still technically at war.

Capt. Scherer is a 2011 graduate of La Porte High School and a 2015 graduate of Indiana State University. He hopes to return stateside sometime in 2021.

2 Responses to “La Porte native Capt. Andrew Scherer honored with Guardian of Freedom medal”

  1. Terry Scherer

    Oct 30. 2020

    Thank you, Mike, for the nice article about our son. We wish we could’ve been there for the occasion. We are sorry that his Grandpa Griechen is not alive to see his grandson get this award. His Grandpa Griechen served during the Korean War but was stationed in Europe when his brother Bill was killed. Uncle Bill served in the 19th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division. Thank you so much for this article that means a lot to us. I’m sorry but I do have one correction to your article, he was killed in 1951 not 1961.

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  2. Gail Johnson

    Nov 01. 2020

    Congratulations to Capt. Scherer!! What pride you must have, Terry and Renee and all the rest of your family. Thank you for service to our country in so many ways.

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