“Before the Colors Fade” is the title of a story about six Chapel Hill Veterans who went to Arlington to help say a final “goodbye” to a friend and fellow soldier, Carl Fritz. I am reminded of that trip and the camaraderie that we shared in a chartered Greyhound Scenicruiser to Arlington, Washington, and the World War II Memorial. I am also reminded that we are losing more and more of the history of the Great War, The War to End All Wars, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Kuwait, the Gulf and more.
We celebrate the living on Veterans Day. We remember the dead on Memorial Day. So, why not spend some time with a veteran on Veterans Day. Young or old, ask them to share a small part of their story. You will be glad you did. So will they.
Here is a story about two boys and an old sailor from the USS Yorktown. Watch it and you will understand.
The Republic of Korea is awarding the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal for veterans of the Korean War (1950-1953).
If you served, you may be eligible for the Korean Ambassador Peace Medal.
There are several members of our post that are eligible. Now is the time to take action before the end of the award program. For more details, visit the District 6 website.
Peppered throughout our history are stories of partisons, local villagers, and others who assisted our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen. Without them, many more would have died far from home. There is another group of unsung heroes who served alongside our men in combat. Animals. Yes, animals. In fact, one animal served with the Fifth Marines in Korea. She served with distinction and when the Marines went home, she went to Camp Pendleton, California, with them.
She was a real war horse, not a fictional war horse. This horse was a Mongolian mare bought from a Korean racetrack and put into service hauling equipment, ammunition and supplies. She even made over 51 trips to the front lines “on her own” and alone as she bravely walked over 35 miles through enemy fire, trip wires, land mines, and exploding bombs. She had a mission and her Marines were waiting for her as she carried ammo out to them on the front lines. She was wounded three times!
Life Magazine, in a special 1997 commemorative issue, ranked Reckless as one of 100 all time American Heroes. Reckless was compared with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. The Marines regularly promoted her and the Commandant of the Marine Corps promoted Reckless to Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. She lived out her retirement years in Camp Lejeune.
This is a true story you may have never heard or, if you did, it is long forgotten. It is time to remember, Staff Sergeant Reckless, United States Marine. She is one of many long forgotten true heroes who served bravely and saved so many others.