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President Joe Biden Awards Korean War Veteran Medal Of Honor

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Friday, President Joe Biden awarded Korean war veteran Col. Ralph Puckett Jr. with the medal of honor.

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- Now to the Biden presidency. President Joe Biden held a joint news conference with the president of South Korea today. This is the second world leader he's hosted in person since taking office. CBS 4's Skyler Henry reports from the White House, where the president awarded the nation's highest military honor to a Korean War veteran.

SKYLER HENRY: President Biden welcomed South Korean president Moon Jae-in to the White House. The president marked his visit by awarding his first medal of honor. He selected a 94-year-old Korean War veteran.

JOE BIDEN: Today we are hosting a true American hero and awarding an honor that is long overdue.

SKYLER HENRY: Retired Army Ranger Colonel Ralph Puckett was given the nation's highest military honor for his heroic actions during the Korean War. In November 1950, Puckett risked his life three times, running into an open area to distract Chinese forces attacking his platoon.

JOE BIDEN: Korea is sometimes called the forgotten war. But those men who were there under Lieutenant Puckett's command, they'll never forget his bravery.

SKYLER HENRY: Top agenda items for Friday's bilateral meetings with President Moon Jae-in included both countries commitment to fighting climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. Also regional security issues with China and North Korea.

- We'll coordinate with the US with no daylight to achieve complete denuclearization and establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

SKYLER HENRY: Earlier, the South Korean president also met with Vice President Kamala Harris.

KAMALA HARRIS: It is more important than ever that the United States and the Republic of Korea work closely together.

SKYLER HENRY: Thursday, he went to Capitol Hill to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Skyler Henry, CBS News, the White House.