“Hero” is a word tossed carelessly around these days. Athletes, actors, the loud and proud, allow us to pin on them the label they desire.
Einar Ingman didn’t ask for anyone’s adulation. On that cold winter day as members of his unit were being mowed down by North Korean machine gunners, Einer Ingman took action that silenced two enemy machine gun nests and stopped the slaughter of his fellow soldiers. In so doing, he suffered life-threatening wounds that took years to overcome.
For his heroism, he was recognized in 1951 by President Harry S. Truman who awarded him the Medal of Honor. Einar was one of five Wisconsin soldiers to earn this prestigious honor for action in the Korean War. Of the five, he was the only living recipient: The others were all awarded postumously.
Even more remarkable, for all his heroism and bravery under fire, he went on to be a bastion of good will and friendship. He settled down in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, married in 1952 and raised a family of seven children, held a responsible job and made many friends, many of whom still think of him as “Sarge”.
So while the Medal of Honor made him known to many, his manner of living made him an extraordinary example of the best of American soldiers who risk all for their comrades and their country yet still have the steadfast resolve to return and live a good and productive life.
He returns now to God and the company of his long-gone Comrades. He’s going home.
On this Wednesday, September 16th at 11:00am, whether or not you can join his family at the church in Tomahawk, pause and remember a real hero: One that had the courage to act when most would duck and cover, and the determination to move beyond that to lead a good and fruitful life.
Einmar Ingman truly was a Hero. He was the real McCoy. Thank you “Sarge”.