Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: Serving those who served--Honor our heroes on Veterans Day and throughout the year
Posted on 11/10/2010 4:10:49 PM PST by jazusamo
Frank W. Buckles, age 109, still gives interviews about World War I, of which he is the last living American veteran. By contrast, about 2.08 million American veterans of World War II remain among us, but nearly 1,000 die each day. More than 2.5 million Korean War veterans are still alive, and more than 7.5 million Vietnam vets. Gulf War vets number more than 2.25 million. In all, living veterans from war and peacetime service amount to nearly 24 million, including 1.4 million Americans currently on active duty. This amounts to less than 8 percent of the U.S. population. The other 92 percent of us owe them a debt of gratitude very difficult to repay.
On Veterans Day 25 years ago, President Reagan reminded us that those who served in the armed forces furthered the cause of peace, not war. "Peace is only maintained and won by those who have clear eyes and brave minds," he warned. "Strength is a prudent warning to the belligerent that aggression need not go unanswered." Our military heroes personify this posture of national strength.
Frank Buckles, the last surviving Doughboy, understands the imperative of a strong Land of the Free. "That's what makes America special," he wrote last year. "As much as we want to avoid war, we're ready to sacrifice everything if that's what it takes to make sure the bad guys don't win." It is to the good guys who were willing to sacrifice everything that this day is dedicated. Let us honor their sacrifice by making freedom work.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
For some reason, I searched around the other day to see if an old former employer was still around - Annandale Marine in northern Virginia. I did a brief stint there as a motorcycle mechanic before I finished college many years ago. Guess they aren’t around, so I searched with the owner’s name, Colonel Meyers.
I either didn’t know or maybe I only vaguely recall that Col. Meyers was a Medal of Honor recipient. That was long ago and I was young...
Tomorrow at 1:00 pm, we’re burying my good friend. Tom was a World War II veteran. He enlisted in the Army November 30, 1942 and was discharged December 20, 1945. During his years of service he received the Good Conduct Medal, European Theatre Ribbon, American Theatre Ribbon, two oak leaf clusters, as well as the Distinguished Unit Citation for serving with the first platoon, Company L, 351st Infantry, 88th Division, during the Rome-Arno campaign in Italy. He also received three Purple Hearts. One for being hit by shrapnel from an 88 millimeter shell in the back, another for having his arm and shoulder shattered and the third when his intestines ruptured from the concussion of a huge shell explosion. He prided himself on never having killed a German who was willing to surrender. Alot of them didn’t. He gave my son his first hunting rifle and likely influenced his decision to become a Marine. He is currently with a MEU and doesn’t know Tom has passed. My dad fought the Japanese and was buried on December 7, 1985. My war was Vietnam.
Thank you both for your posts.
These men deserve the thanks of all of us and may God Bless their families.
I found out something about a good friend of mine within the last year. We worked together for years and though I knew he’d been a Marine in the Korean War and was badly wounded he never told me how it happened or would say anything about it. We have both been retired for a number of years and I found this out myself with the help of the Internet.
SOWL, DONALD D.
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald D. Sowl, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Squad Leader with a Marine Rifle Company, Fifth Marines, First Provisional Marine Brigade (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Korea on 12 August 1950. Corporal Sowl was leading his squad in an attack on an enemy position when the entire company came under fire and was pinned down by a surprise enemy attack of automatic weapons and rifle fire from the right rear flank. During this unexpected enemy action Corporal Sowl was hit by a bullet that broke his upper arm; but he refused to be evacuated. Exposing himself to continuous enemy fire without regard for his own safety, he reorganized his squad and directed its attack against the position delivering the fire. Under his courageous leadership the squad, although greatly outnumbered by enemy forces and weapons, drove the enemy out of its positions, making it possible for the company to advance and occupy its assigned objective.
General Headquarters Far East Command: General Orders No. 44 (October 22, 1950)
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