SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- Mark W. Clark, a late U.S. four-star military officer, has been chosen as the recipient of this year's Paik Sun-yup Award in recognition of his contribution to the defense of Korea and the alliance, the Ministry of National Defense announced Thursday.

"Gen. Clark is a signatory to the Armistice Agreement that put an end to the Korean War," the ministry said.

It added that his selection is timely as there is a process under way to replace the armistice system with a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

Clark commanded United Nations forces in Korea at the time of the 1953 ceasefire.

He is credited with having supported the reorganization of South Korea's military. He died in 1984.

The award ceremony will be held during a dinner session in Washington D.C. later in the day to commemorate the 50th Security Consultative Meeting between the defense chiefs of the allies.

Two daughters of William Doran Clark, a son of the late general, will receive the award along with prize money of US$30,000. The junior Clark, who died in 2015, also participated in the Korean War.

The award is named after the South Korean Army's first four-star general, Paik Sun-yup, known for his service during the war.

Source: Yonhap News Agency