An American journalist who was on the frontlines of the Korean War has been awarded the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit by President Lee Myung-bak.
On behalf of the late New York Herald Tribune correspondent Marguerite Higgins her daughter Linda Vanderbleek received the honor from Seoul's Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan on Thursday.
Higgins, who was the first female reporter to cover the three-year war on the Korean Peninsula was acknowledged for her bravery behind her vivid account of the battlefield and for promoting the importance of supporting South Korea through her book titled "War in Korea."
She was also the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1951 for her publication.
The wartime correspondent died in 1966 after contracting a tropical disease during the Vietnam War.