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…about true heroes and their humble and unassuming nature.

I can’t really say more than that without ruining the “punchline”, so just go read it.

17 Responses to “Here’s a Great Story”
  1. Beth* A. Comment by Beth* A.

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    ‘Oops!’ Pretty cool.

    And Brian the Sailor’s comment there was so right! - okra is not nearly as dark and tormented a vegetable as broccoli is.

    I keed. I keed. ;-) Just…don’t forget the cheese sauce.

  2. Trooper THX1138 Comment by Trooper THX1138

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    I love okra. especially with all its…sliiiiimmmme.

    Good Eats episode “Okraphobia” is quite excellent.

  3. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    How cool to meet a Medal of Honor winner-they should be treated as stars.

  4. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    I used to work for a retired Army Lt. Col. who was a Bataan POW. I was only 18 at the time and not the least bit interested in WWII history like I am now. I still kick myself for not talking to him about his experiences.

    And Okra is manna from Heaven when it’s fried.

  5. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Modesty and humility are common traits amongst among MOH recipients.

    I’ve had the distinct honor of meeting one MOH recipient in my life, Gen. Luis Wilson, USMC. He won the Medal for his actions in taking and holding a strategic ridge overlooking the Agna beach head on Guam in 1944. He and his men, most all of whom were wounded held the ridge all night against repeated Jap counter attacks, at times outnumbered 10-1.

    I met him during a reunion of the 3rd MarDiv held on Guam in 1989. A very quiet and unassuming man, he toured a static display (dog and pony show) of small unit infantry weapons that I and a Cpl. had set up. He thanked me and went on his way. Would never have known he was an MOH winner and former Commandant of the Marine Corps if it hadn’t been for the fact that we had been told he would be escorted by the Barracks XO.

    Almost to a man, every MOH recipient I have read about has been described the same way. I remember one who, when asked by an unknowing civilian if he had ever seen any combat replied “Some”. When asked if he had any medals he said “A few”. This man had served three tours in Viet Nam and had received the MOH, Silver Star, multiple Bronze Stars with V devices, two or three Purple Hearts, and several other miscellaneous awards. very much like “Okra”, he wasn’t there to toot his own horn. The most common sentiment these men express is that “My men were the heroes, especially those that didn’t come home. I wear this medal for them.”

  6. LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR Comment by LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR

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    Great Story indeed !!!

    Odd thing about “The Greatest Generation” I too, in my youth worked for a great, quiet and humble man. Brilliant engineer and designer. I found out by accident actually that he was a B-17 pilot in the 8th Air Force in WW2. He got me interested in aviation and gave me my first few ‘informal’ flying lessons. It was only later in life, reading his obit that I learned his crew was the third ship completing 25 missions and that he had won a silver star, bronze star, 3 purple hearts and the DFC and was the youngest Lt. Col. in the Mighty 8th at 25 years of age. I was floored. Something he never wore on his sleeve with anyone. Just like Crunchie said, unknowingly at the time, I asked Dick if he saw a lot of action..his response, “it got a bit sporty at times”.

    I’m sure he made full Bird in St. Peter’s Air Force and is enjoying the weather on high right now, comfy in the left hand seat.

  7. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    Modesty and humility are common traits amongst among MOH recipients.

    Quite a contrast to john “I was in Vietnam and I have the medals to prove it” kerry, eh Crunchie?

    I’ve never met a MOH winner, but shook the hand of a recently returned Marine with a Purple Heart on his chest. He was part of the color guard for the funeral of a Marine, KIA in Iraq, that graduated from the high school where I teach. At the reception following the funeral, I came up to this young Marine with the Purple Heart. I shook his hand with a firm grip and saw him grimace as I did that. I immediately let go and apologized and asked him where he had been hit. He pushed up the sleeve on his dress blues and I saw this ugly jagged scar running from his wrist to his elbow…shrapnel wounds from an IED he said….again, I apologized to him and he smiled at me, grabbed my hand and shook it and said something like “Sir, that’s the first feeling I’ve had in that hand since I got back”. I’ll never forget that kid, he couldn’t have been more than 20 years old…..a complete hero in my book.

  8. Unregistered Comment by nerbygirl

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    Stories like this just make me proud to be an American, and be lucky enough to meet some of these heroes.

    I was lucky enough to meet the last living flagraiser at Iwo Jima on Memorial weekend, here in Minnesota.

    He’s gone now.

    All I said to him was, “Thank you for your service, sir.” And, “Semper Fi”

    I was in South Dakota for work last year, and went to the Capitol building. I was left in awe after seeing a wall that displayed just how many men from that State who were recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    I cried, and blessed them for their service to our country.
    The sacrifice of our countrymen (and women), is inspiring.
    God Bless them all. As well as you Rotties who served.
    We are a blessed country.

  9. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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    Crunchie sez:

    Modesty and humility are common traits amongst among MOH recipients.

    The most common sentiment these men express is that “My men were the heroes, especially those that didn’t come home. I wear this medal for them.”

    Too true Crunchie and not surprisingly, it applies to the winners of the decorations of most Nations.
    I have met MoH, VC, Knights Cross and even BuKoSho recipients and all express exactly the same sentiments.
    Ordinary men doing extraordinary things.

  10. Brian the sailor Comment by Brian the sailor

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    Thanks for the comments.
    Misha is a friend and tossed me a bone.
    ..
    So you’re leaving your comments here??
    How about leaving them at my place and do a cut and paste here.

    Maybe I shouldn’t post this since I’ve made a pledge not to post after my second drink.

    Oh, what the hell. It’s the weekend…you’ll forgive me.

  11. Brian the sailor Comment by Brian the sailor

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    Please ignore my last.
    I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m ready for bed.

    Now go leave a comment, dammit!

  12. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    Now go leave a comment, dammit!

    comment left as ordered Brian

  13. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Joe D

    it applies to the winners of the decorations of most Nations.
    I have met MoH, VC, Knights Cross and even BuKoSho recipients and all express exactly the same sentiments.
    Ordinary men doing extraordinary things.

    So true. I’ve read a lot on VC and Knights Cross recipients as well, and the same applies. So many even feel embarrassed to wear it, like they don’t really deserve it, that they were just doing their jobs, the same as any of their comrades would have. And then you read of what they did and shake your head in amazement that any one could do such incredibly selfless and heroic acts.

    I’m glad to see you back Joe, I’ve missed ya as a regular. You’ll stick around a while I hope?

  14. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Jaybear

    Quite a contrast to john “I was in Vietnam and I have the medals to prove it” kerry, eh Crunchie?

    That’s the understatement of the year buddy.

  15. L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter Comment by L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter

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    Mrs. M:

    I used to work for a retired Army Lt. Col. who was a Bataan POW.

    When I was a mere lad… long ago and far away… my father would take us to the “Bataan Day Parade” held in Maywood, Illinois. Many of the death marchers were from that area… Bellwood, Hillside, Forest Park… but alas, it was a fleeting honor… insurance premiums became too exorbitant.

    Last year, a guy that owned a gin-mill over by here died. He was on Iwo. When they planted him, the Marines sent four for the honor guard. (Usually the old timers get two, and for a guy KIA, he will get seven.) His commander (McCarthy) recieved the MOH and the Marines sent their best, because McCarthy wore it for them all.

    I was honored when the old bastard told me he would like me in his foxhole with him (Now a “Fighting hole”)but, he said, if you light a cigarette, “I’ll stab you myself” What a guy.

    He had a couple of samerai swords that he “procured” and in the end he wanted them to be returned to the families…

    I’m drunk and babbling… here’s to you Tom!

    “Bugshit!”

    .

  16. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

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    Oops, indeed.
    Regarded him precisely the way Brig,Gen Okra would have it.
    He seems to be full uf life, rather than himself.

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