The Rev. Robert F. Fitts, a Korean War veteran, spoke Sunday at the First Congregational Church, UUC, in Clinton, delivering his speech, “No Easy Road to Freedom.”
Fitts has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars and the United Nations Service Medal.
Fitts, a native of Mount Vernon, Ill., joined the Illinois National Guard, 44th Division, 30th Infantry while attending high school. He was activated in 1951 and deployed to Korea in 1952 as a member of the 7th Division, 32nd H Company and discharged 13 months later. He earned his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Ill., in 1963 and ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church. He served churches in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference for 26 years before his retirement in 1980.
Fitts is a member of the Korean War Veterans Association of the Quad-Cities Chapter and served as Illinois state president from 2003 to 2004.