John McCain (front right) with his squadron, 1965 By US Navy – Library of Congress
To an uncommon hero, whose elevated spirit helped him to endure five and half years of captivity as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam. To an officer and a gentleman, who did not see himself fighting a battle alone, but alongside his brothers in arms, and refused to be released not before them, but with them. To a public servant, who held the federal government to the standards to which he believed it must always be held.
Thank you for your service to this country.
Jerry originally posted this in the comments section on the About page and I thought it deserved its own post. Thank you Jerry for this wonderful tribute!
I wrote this song to pay Tribute to All Veterans and
would be pleased if you choose to post this in His Honor.
I Thank you and God Bless!
A Tribute To Veterans
In Vietnam, Korea and World Wars Past
Our Men Fought Bravely so Freedom Would Last
Conditions Where Not Always Best They Could Be
Fighting a Foe You Could Not Always See:
From Mountain Highs to Valley Lows
From Jungle Drops to Desert Patrols
Our Sinewy Sons Were Sent Over Seas
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I found this amongst my dad’s Vietnam stuff. The text reads: Renate Kuhnen, 27, a West German nurse, was taken from a Kontum hospital overrun by Viet Cong in a raid this week in the South Vietnamese city. She is still missing. (Source: Des Moines Register, 7 March 1968) She was captured 3 March 1968 when coming to the aid of several patients during the attack by the VC. She was freed a year later. (Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 10 March 1969)
She was a fortunate one. Current statistics on the Vietnam War from the Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office: 1,655 US personnel listed as POW/MIA as of 19 Sep 2012. While the National League of POW/MIA Families lists 1,661 missing and unaccounted-for as of 1 Aug 2012. The discrepancy results from the recently identified remains of 5 U.S. military personnel, although by my math that still leaves a discrepancy of 1. Last Friday, 21 September 2012, marked National POW/MIA Recognition Day; a day set aside to honor and remember those who never came home. The DPMO office has a motto: Keeping the Promise.
I grew up watching movies such as Missing in Action and Rambo and the conspiracy theorist in me entertained the idea that Continue reading
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