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Memorial Day is Fast Approaching….

Remember..That as you grill, go to Grad parties and what not…

Sent to me by my Father, a Korean War Veteran.

It is the
VETERAN,
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
 

It is
the
VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is
the
VETERAN,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.


It is
the
VETERAN,
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.




It is the

VETERAN
who
salutes the Flag,

It is
the

VETERAN
who serves
under the Flag,

Dad..

Doing better last I heard…Will check in with him later…

My sister whom is a writer of some sorts posted this about Dad and his Korean War experiences of which he has related to me more often especially when while we are Deer Hunting.

I remember this one, story is he also received a battle field promotion and a commendation of some sort for manning the machine gun. Was either Heartbreak or Bloody Ridge..

The next day or the day after, I had taken over a machine gun, nobody was on it, I took it over on top of the ridge. We did not go into attack that day. In the afternoon, I looked over to my left and I saw Rex Blow laying there. I called to him. No answer. So I crawled over there to where he was and kept calling to him and no answer. I go next to Rex and said, “Rex, what’s up.” his eyes are wide open, he looks like he’s just lying there.
Then I see it, a bullet hole right there (Dad indicates the middle of his forehead between his eyes). I closed his eyes for him. I’m sure he was doing what he was supposed to be doing and a sniper just got him.
I called to the medic and said, we’re got a dead man here, you’d better come and get him.” I crawled back to my position. Then I saw two men coming to get him.
The last I saw of Rex, he was being carried down the hill.

My Dad always was and is one tough cookie..

Today..

Way back when my Dad was young..

1950 – North Korea started the Korean War when they invaded South Korea.  That particular war is still on-going, since a formal peace treaty has never been signed.

He was there..And fought many a battle, was promoted to Sgt after he fought on Bloody Ridge and held a machine gun position through the night. He led a squad after that and it was interesting hearing the tales he told myself and youngest.

He has the combat infantry badge with a couple of stars on it, plus a chest full of colored ribbons and one other fancy looking medal I cannot remember what for and he was never one to talk about Korea until these last 10 years or so when we have been out deer hunting…He always told us when he was young he never killed anyone in the war…His brothers and my Godfather say different..

He will be 81 this September….Hopefully we will hunt again this fall…