Tag: Veterans Day
This young soldier took turns at point with a good buddy of his, but the guys in his patrol liked him best because he was handy with the machine gun. They had been taking turns one day when his buddy was shot. It was a roll of the dice. If it had been him as pointman he would have been shot. The father spoke of how this buddy had died in his son’s arms shortly after being hit. His last words were, “Josh, I’ve been shot.” The father was reluctant to tell his wife about this incident. Mothers, you see, don’t mourn just for their own.
The “Veterans Remember Project” is a collection of stories and memories from World War II, with those from Korea and Vietnam to follow.
The veteran may be the aged fellow who is still trying to shut out the images of the Tet Offensive of 1968, and still remembers how his former best friend in high school called him “baby killer” and “willing tool of the “war mongers.”
Dear God, don’t let the world forget what we’ve done, and if we forget you, Lord, please don’t forget us. We really do like it when you thank us for our service, folks, so say “thanks” to a veteran on Veteran’s Day!
I left from Da Nang Hospital where I had been since August 7th when I suffered multiple shrapnel wounds to my entire body.
In flames from the 155 explosion under me, my men came rushing to roll me and extinguish the flames.
The Japanese bombs tumbled from the small seaplane and impacted the forests, the pilot circled once and spotted fire around the impact point. He executed an 180 degree turn and headed back to the submarine.
My father’s unit was one of the units that was tasked to bring food and medical supplies to the former prisoners, who were still dying at the rate of more than 100 a day after the liberation. The sights our men saw sickened even hardened combat veterans, and men who had been tough soldiers for years openly wept.