“W.H.Auden once wrote, “Teach the free man to praise.” For that freedom, America has generously praised the generation of World War II. But of their Vietnam progeny, of those who returned to jeers rather than parades, the press has projected the face filled with fear, unworthy of praise. It is left to others in unlikely places to trace callused hands over rough cement and to remember the faces which were stalwart.
The village remembers.”
– The Village by Bing West
(This book tells the story of a group of marines who lived, worked, protected, and died in a Village in Vietnam. The village remembers them with honor and friendship to this day.)
Many of you know I’m a huge Band of Brothers fan. On Saturday we lost one more of these few remaining heroes. My heart goes out to his family during this time of loss and I hope the Lord uses it to effectively call his own as they ponder the shortness of even this great man’s life. I’m thankful that I had the honor of even knowing this man’s name and parts of his story. I’m thankful for his sacrifice for our country.
When I went in, I was eighteen. I thought it was all glory and you win lots of medals. You think you’re going to be the guy. Then you find out the cost is very great. Especially when you don’t see the kids you were with when you went in. Living with it can be hell. It’s like the devil presides in you. I knew what I sighed up for, yes, and I would do it again. But the reality of war—words can’t begin to describe it. – Bill Guarnere
“I treasure my remark to a grandson who asked, “Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?” “No”, I answered, “But I served in a company of heroes”.” – Dick Winters