Veterans Day Tribute: Thank You

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Veterans Day Tribute: Thank You

Postby Turk » Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:39 pm

"Distinguished himself by intrepid and determined leadership against greatly superior enemy forces. At the repeated risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in his position, he frequented the firing line of his troops where his presence provided the example and incentive that helped make the gallant efforts of these men possible. The final stand on beleaguered Corregidor, for which he was in an important measure personally responsible, commanded the admiration of the Nation's allies. It reflected the high morale of American arms in the face of overwhelming odds. His courage and resolution were a vitally needed inspiration to the then sorely pressed freedom-loving peoples of the world." ... t_(general)

This citation is what was read to the Commanding general of the Philippines, Jonathan Wainwright, when he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1945. 70,000 US soldiers were forced to surrender to the Japanese and undergo torturous treatment by the Japanese at Bataan. General Wainwright was one of them. All of their actions and survival make these soldiers of the United States of America heroes. Both men and women (there were many nurses captive there as well) fought and remained loyal and valorous during this horrible time of suffering as prisoners of war.

To all our valiant soldiers who have been willing to pay the ultimate price - their lives - for our freedom and security and democratic ideal we salute you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We wish all of our American soldiers God Speed in the days ahead, in the battles ahead, and those current that are like torrents of waves upon the unknown landscapes seldom seen but never forgotten. Hoo-ah!
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