"Meritorious Service Medal presented to Mr. Eric Diesel. In grateful recognition of the contribution to both the Korean Veterans Association and enhancement of the mutual relationship between the United States of America and the Republic of Korea, this is to certify that the Meritorious Service Medal is presented to Mr. Eric Diesel. No. 3894, 22 May 2009, Major General (ret.) and Ed.D., Park, Seh-Jik , Chairman, The Korean Veterans Association”
Meritorious Service Medal, 5-22-2009, Korean Veterans, Korean Language version
Owner: 1996-1999, Palo Alto Mercedes BMW Volvo Saab;
1988-1999, European Auto Center;
1986-1999, Abacus Auto Body;
Location: 2905 El Camino Real, Palo Alto CA
Eric John Diesel received the Meritorious Service Medal at the Korean War Monument unveiling ceremony, War Memorial Park, Los Angeles County, on May 22, 2009 (larger medal on upper right chest). The medal was presented by Major General Seh Jik Park, Chairman of Korean Veterans and former head of the (South) Korean CIA (wearing hat in background, standing in front of US Army Colonel in cap). Various Korean Generals, Admirals, and a United States Colonel are in the background. Photo by Stephen Kim.
Meritorious Service Medal and Certificate (Korean Veterans, 5-22-2009) - Eric Diesel wearing Ambassador for Peace Medal (Republic of South Korea, 12-20-2007) around neck, and Meritorious Service Medal on chest (circular medal), and showing Meritorious Service Medal certificate from Korean Veterans. The Meritorious Service Medal and certificate were presented by retired Major General Seh Jik Park, Chairman of Korean Veterans, and former head of South Korean CIA.
The Ambassador for Peace Award Medal was presented on 12-7-2007 by Los Angeles Christian Pastor Hae Soung Kim, at the time, President of Korean Veterans of America, western region. Pastor Kim and Mr. Diesel were business partners in developing real estate in Korea and on the Los Angeles River, and in working on the translation of the original Sam Il Papers. (The Sam Il Papers were eye witness accounts sent to President Woodrow Wilson, documenting the Japanese massacre of Koreans on 3-19-1919. North and South Koreans share a view that 3-1-1919 is their equivalent of July 4, 1776 in America. “Sam - Il” translates as “3 - 1”. Pastor Kim had the original carbon copies of the letters.
Various Korean officials are in the background and were present for the ceremony, including:
*Young-wook Chun, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea
*Seh Jik Park, Major General Army (ret.), Chairman of the Korean Veterans Association
* Byung (Paul) H. Lee, President of Korean Veterans Association Washington DC Inc
* Hae Soung Kim, Th. D., President of Korean Veterans Association, Western Region of the USA
* Insoo Rhee, PhD, (son of Syngman Rhee, first president of South Korea)
Photo by Stephen Kim.
"You are an angel in our city of angels!" - Tom Labonge, Councilmember, 4th District, City of Los Angeles
Certificate of Appreciation, City of Los Angeles, May 7, 2006, to Eric “Oops” Diesel (Eric John Diesel) -
"For your exemplary achievement in your field and notable contributions to society"
Eric Diesel worked as a science advisor to the City of Los Angeles, on chaparral ecology in Griffith Park, and on restoration of the Los Angeles River and riparian ecosystem. Diesel co-produced and co-directed fashion shows used for breast cancer fundraising and other charities, including for the Rose Breast Cancer Society.
Eric John Diesel received the Abrams Memorial Award in Statistics on March 10, 1981. The award is given to the the “two strongest applicants each year”, worldwide, to the Department of Statistics at Stanford University. The award was presented to Eric Diesel by Paul Switzer, Chairman, Department of Statistics, Stanford University.
1981.03.10 Abrams Award p2, Stanford University Department of Statistics, given to the two strongest applicants each year, Paul Switzer
Eric John Diesel received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award on April 1, 1981. The award was made to Eric Diesel for doctoral studies at the Department of Statistics of Stanford University.