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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I met a no-kidding war hero last week-

The man's name is Marion and he is a very active member of the VFW and American Legion in Omaha Nebraska. Why do I know that Marion is a war hero? He was wearing a hat with Chosin Few on the crown. Now, I knew a little bit about the battle at Chosin Reservoir, during November and December 1950 in North Korea but I didn't know enough.

So, I had a little look on Google and I found on Wikipedia,
this article about this terrible yet heroic battle. In spite of sub-zero temperatures and overwhelming numbers of enemy Chinese, the Marines, along with Army and British forces were able to withdraw under heavy fire and rescue many thousand Korean citizens through the harbor at Hungnam.

Marion survived this 2 month long battle in 1950. Just as importantly, he serves as the head of the Honor Guard for the VFW in Omaha. Last year he participated in over 400 funeral services for other veterans! This is what he does to honor all the men and women who have served sometime in their life. I think this is as heroic an act as being in Korea during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

He's a fine character, Marion. He's a devoted husband to his wife who is a patient the same place as my Mom. He cares about his service and he cares about honoring servicemembers in his community, every day. I'm proud to have made the aquaintance of this fine American.

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