According toThe Des Moines Register,the repairs were needed after KDSM experienced a "catastrophic burnout" of the antenna's transmission line.
The death of the worker on the KDSM tower comes 13 months after Blaine, Wash.-based Steve Lemay lost his life while conducting work on the broadcast tower housing the transmitter for Ozarks Public Television 's KOZK-21 in Springfield, Mo., located to the east of the metropolitan area in Fordland, Mo.
The KDSM period of eligibility is July 28, 1954, to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense.
Due to the extensive time period for KDSM eligibility, the nonconsecutive service period for eligibility remains cumulative throughout the entire period.
The KDSM may be awarded posthumously, and only one award of the KDSM is authorized for any individual.
According to Thomas McLaughlin, public relations officer for the Korea Defense Veterans of America--which he said began campaigning for the KDSM three years ago--the medal is still in the design phase.
The Pentagon issued a statement in January noting: "Given the sheer volume of anticipated recipients, the time when one can expect to be awarded the KDSM is difficult to estimate because of how long it will take to identify, notify and award the medal to eligible former service members."