Memorial Day- Thank You
The US Fleet lost 763 aircraft, the Navy had just on 5,000 sailors killed, the Army close to 8,000 dead. US ship badly damaged by a Kamikaze attack, off Okinawa The Japanese and Okinawan conscripts, something of the order of 107,000 dead, plus 100,000 civilian civilians slain, the mind boggles at the scale of death and destruction, all in the space of only 62 days started from the 1st. of April 1945.
Fresh off of celebrating his 107th birthday, Austinite and World War II veteran Richard Overton heads to Washington, D.C., this weekend on an Honor Flight. Mr. Overton turned 107 May 12, 2013, which the Austin City Council proclaimed as “Richard A. Overton Day.” Mr. Overton’s World War II stories are typical for the greatest generationers who did so much for us and asked so little for it.
Audie Murphy was awarded 33 U.S. decorations and medals, five medals from France, and one from Belgium. He received every U.S. decoration for valor available to Army ground personnel at the time. He earned the Silver Star twice in three days, two Bronze Star Medals, three Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Medal of Honor.
Vietnam. POW and MIA soldiers were a great concern to most of us. I was a teenager at that time. My friends and I all bought bracelets with a soldier's name on it to pray for their return. 58,267 never returned home and those that fought in the war and DID return were treated poorly... it was shameful really.