Hoosier hero honored for his service

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (January 7, 2016) - A senior living community is honoring one of its residents who dedicated his life to his family,  job and country.

Hoosier native Jim Houser is being honored for his service by American Senior Communities at his home at Bethany Village on the South side.

Houser survived a fierce battle in North Korea where he narrowly escaped with his life.

In November, 1950 in brutally cold weather, U.S. forces were surrounded.

Hundreds of men died in the gunfire.

Those that made it out were named the chosen few and Houser was one of them, and it had a profound impact on his life.

After the war, he returned to work at Allison Transmission where he stayed for 30 years.

Houser’s niece Shawn Woodward says he’s a hero because he fought for our country and survived a brutal battle more than 65 years ago.

“He fought for me. He didn’t just fight for our country, he fought for me to have a better life, so he is my hero,” said Woodward.

Houser climbed mountains became a huge ham radio enthusiast in retirement.

He even contacted another ham radio operator all the way in Moscow.

Houser is known for his kindness to others.

Woodward says her uncle Jim never meets a stranger.