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Local Korean and Vietnam Veterans Share Stories of Bravery and Courage
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on May 02, 2014 @ 1:34PM
Created on May 02, 2014 @ 8:09AM

In the midst of the pain of war there are numerous stories of ordinary people stepping up to the plate and making heroic sacrifices for their fellow soldiers and countrymen.

Although the names and stories of most of these everyday heroes fade with history, every once in a while, one of those stories becomes legend and is told from generation to generation.

They are the last of a great, dying generation, and they had come to remind themselves that there are some things that cannot be stolen by the thief of war, things that can never be touched. Even by time.

"We're all brothers and sisters that served in the service," said Columbus Carpenter, Korean War Veteran.

Over the years more than forty two million American men and women have served their country in time of war. West Virginia has a veteran population of over 200,000.

"Back in those days any young man of that age felt obligated, or that it was their duty to go into the service when your county needed ya, and i never regretted it a bit. I would do it all over again if I had too," said Robert Spiro, United States Marine Corps. Korean War Veteran.

But still many don't realize how much influence war has on a person.

"Being afraid. One of the things the guys don't like to talk about, and I don't like to talk about. But you just go in an do what you're trained to do, so that was pretty much it. I really don't try to talk about it too much... I lost a lot of friends," said John Harney, Honorably Discharged CTT2 Communications Technician, United States Navy, Vietnam War Veteran.

"The thing I remember about Vietnam was that that whole place smelled like a garbage dump in August. I don't care where I was at, even in the Central Highlands, and I can go to a local dump around here in August and have a little bit of memory," Raymond Neer, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vietnam War Veteran. 

"Bad times... I don't want to talk about. There were only 13 of us out of 65 men come back in my platoon from Vietnam, and that's where I want to leave it," David Sole, United States Marine Corps. Infantry Division, Vietnam War Veteran.

"You didn't fight for 365 days. I mean there was some down time, and fun times, and you just did the best you could do to make sure you came home, and make sure your buddy came home," said Chuck Haney, United States Army Infantry Division, Vietnam War Veteran.

That's why it's so important to these veterans that we all take a moment to honor them, and the ones who didn't make it back home, especially on Memorial Day.

"We need to honor the Veterans that did serve, and the ones that particularly didn't make it back. We always need to remember that, and honor them on Memorial Day," said Robert Spiro, United States Marine Corps. Korean War Veteran.


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