Sondra, there’s something special about being with those old guys who’ve seen one of the legendary elephants and smelt his hide, isn’t there?
In 1995, I had the privilege of meeting Gen. Ray Davis, USMC (ret.), who was awarded the MOH for his actions at Chosin Reservoir. He was the guest of honor in a ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, where busloads of the Chosin Few gathered after the dedication of the Korean War Memorial.
That same evening, I watched Semper Fidelis carried out in real time. After the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, General James Lawrence nominated Edward “Bud” Seeburger for the Navy Cross for his heroism there. Decades later, after learning that his nomination had been lost in a fire, Gen. Lawrence resubmitted the paperwork. That night at Marine Barracks Washington, the announcer called “Lt. Edward Seeburger, center walk”, Ruffles and Flourishes sounded, and the Sec Nav awarded the Navy Cross to Seeburger, 45 years after the battle, in front of hundreds of the Chosin Few.
I’ll never forget that evening.
Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — November 10, 2012 @ 9:01 pm
Mrs. True Blue Sam’s father has been gone almost two years now; he fought death like a Marine all the way. God Bless His soul. He was in the 21st Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. We miss you, O. T.
^ Wollf (14) – sorry he’s gone. My Dad flew West in 2008. There was something comforting about having the WW2 generation around, wasn’t there?
They sure set an example for us, their children. They worked hard dirty jobs and did without through the Depression and then they stepped up to fight a world war and did without some more, and through it all, they saw what had to be done and did it. Looking back, I can now see that what they did was extraordinary, for their willingness to sacrifice, work hard, love their kids and do it all with a quiet determination and good humor that was comforting and inspiring.
I am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to grow up among them.
Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — November 11, 2012 @ 8:34 pm