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Survivors Share a Brotherhood

Posted by Val Fox on April 22, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Today's post features a brief, yet poignant story of an encounter between two men in a store. Many thanks to writer Rick Turton from the writer's group Writers, Poets and Deviants (WPaD.) for sharing this heart-warming story. Those who are meant to read it will find it.


Turton writes:

The other day I was sitting in Costco waiting for my family to arrive. I saw an older gentleman wearing a black baseball cap that had embroidered on it, "World War 11, Korea and Viet Nam Veteran.

"Being a Viet Nam Vet myself, I struck up a conversation with him. Wow! I said. That's a pretty impressive hat!"

He replies (with no small amount of pride) "I signed on in Oakland in 1943 as a Marine. I was at Guadalcanal, The Phillipines and finally in occupied Japan. I spent 18 months in Korea and did two tours of Viet Nam. I was a Drill Sergeant at Perris Island. Finally got out after 30 years."

We played the Where-were-you-stationed game for a while and he said, "You know, the Marines are a close-knit group. You'll run across your friends several times during your time in. I made some life-long friends in World War 11 that I met in Korea too. Buried most of them in Viet Nam though.

"Spent a lot of time trying to figure out why I survived. Finally got the answer when I found out my wife of 30 years had cancer. My job was to take care of her. She died last spring."

With that thousand-yard stare he paused, eyes welling up a bit, remembering.

"Like everything else," he said, "I saw it through to the end."

                         Survivors : The Letter "S"



tags: honour our veterans; veterans served overseas; one soldier's reason to live; survivors of war; inspiration from two veterans; three-war veteran shares how he survived; Viet Nam Vet tells of an encounter worth writing about;                                        

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Reply John Holton
4:40 PM on April 22, 2014 
Beautiful story. I've met so many veterans and they all have that "see it through to the end" attitude.

John Holton


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