Friday, March 1, 2013

Korean War Veteran

My dad graduated from high school in 1949. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the Army. After he completed basic training he was shipped to Korea at the onset of the Korean War. He spent many, many days on the front  lines during the most active and brutal fighting of the war. The American soldiers and their allies were ill-equipped. It was wintertime and they didn't have proper winter clothing or supplies. He lived for days and days in a cold, snowy foxhole with his fellow comrades. During his service he received three Bronze Star Medals. The Bronze Star is an individual military award of the US Armed Forces that is awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone.  My dad was eventually wounded by shrapnel and was declared a disabled veteran. Dad took his service to his country very seriously. He remained a true patriot all of his life.  Over the years we heard tidbits about his time in Korea. He talked sadly about the children who were orphaned. While in Korea, Dad saw more than he could tell and he understood more than he saw. He took a lot of pictures while he was in Korea.  He defended and protected his family as fiercely as he did his fellow servicemen while serving in Korea. I salute you Dad for your service and bravery.


Laura said...

That is a wonderful tribute to your dad! He sure is Someone to look up to....I'm sorry for your prayers are with you and your family....I also had a wonderful dad and miss him dearly.....he was also a real family man :)

Liz said...

Your dad sure a lot in his life! What interesting stories he must have told. Again,so sorry for your lose. He sure sounded like a wonderful man!

vintage grey said...

A sweet tribute to your precious dad! So sorry for you loss. Sending hugs to you! xo Heather

Connie said...

This is a lovely tribute . . . he was an American hero.
Thanks for the lovely visit and comment that you left on my blog.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)