Lt. Paul Shorr, Steve’s father, served in the US Army during the Korean War . His bravery under hostile fire earned him the Purple Heart twice – once on 1952/09/19 Oak Leaf Cluster. He also earned a Bronze Star under General Order 408-52 during the 4th Battle of Old Baldy 5 October 1952 – Wikipedia – Prezi.com historynet.com and General Order 236-53 circa June 1953.
Old Baldy is just a mile away from Pork Chop Hill (Movie Wikipedia). The movie depicts the first fierce Battle of Pork Chop Hill between the U.S. Army’s 7th Infantry Division, and Chinese and North Korean forces in April 1953.
A TRIBUTE TO PAUL S. SHORR by HON. Congressman GLENN M. ANDERSON Tuesday, February 07, 1989 Page: E325 Congressional Record — 101st Congress (1989-1990)
- Mr. ANDERSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Paul S. Shorr, the outgoing president of the Wilmington Boys and Girls Club for 1988. Mr. Shorr will be honored at the annual Keystone fundraiser banquet on February 9, 1989, at Los Verdes Country Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. This occasion gives me the opportunity to express my appreciation for Paul’s work on behalf of the surrounding community.
- Mr. Shorr is a native New Yorker who migrated to California to complete his bachelor of arts degree at UCLA. While attending UCLA, he majored in economics and minored in military service and tactics.
- Upon graduation, Paul entered the military, and received a commission as lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Mr. Shorr went on to serve in the Korean war as an infantry platoon leader, infantry company commander, battalion adjutant, and regimental assistant operations officer with the 38th Infantry, 2d Division.
- Mr. Shorr has received numerous honors while serving his country. He has been given the parachutist badge, combat infantryman badge, bronze star for valor with oak leaf cluster, purple heart with oak leaf cluster, Republic of Korea Unit Citation, and Netherlands Government personal citation award.
- While in the Army, Paul saw action in battle for Old Baldy and Pork Chop Hill. He returned to the United States in 1953 and was stationed at Fort Bliss, TX. Afterward, he was transferred to 5th Infantry Division as company commander in Germany, until returning to the United States in 1956. After dedicating many years to a military career, he entered the private sector as an insurance broker, and became involved in land development. [Harbor Building]
- As a civilian, Paul has contributed to his community in many ways. He served as president of San Pedro City of Hope Chapter for 2 years. He served on the board of directors of an over the counter listed corporation for 2 years. He was also president of the homeowners association for 1 year. Presently, he is stepping down from a year as head of the Wilmington Boys and Girls Club.
- My wife, Lee, joins me in extending our congratulations to Paul S. Shorr today. Paul is a truly remarkable citizen who has dedicated his life to serving his country and the citizens of our area. We wish Mr. Shorr, his three sons, Steven, Stuart, and Tim, and his two grandsons, Brian Michael and Eric Scott, our best wishes today and in the years ahead. Citation ==> thomas.loc.gov