Thoughts on Veteran’s Day

Posted: November 11, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in From the Heart, Politics, Social Issues
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I want to thank all Veterans on this day that is marked for you. It is a small thing to simply reflect for a few moments and think of the history of this country and the  critical role veteran’s play. I am grateful for your service. Then again, I was raised to appreciate veterans. Let me explain.

My grandpa reluctantly shared stories of WWII at my persistent inquiry as a child and I remember some of his stories to this day. He enlisted at a young age, voluntarily risking his life for a cause that he thought worthy. He was part of the 10th Armored Division. For more information on this “Tiger” force, read the following from Wikipedia:

The division, which served under General George S. Patton‘s Third Army, was activated on 15 July 1942, at Fort Benning, Georgia. The 10th Armored Division entered France through the port of Cherbourg, 23 September 1944, and put in a month of training at Teurtheville, France, before entering combat. Leaving Teurtheville, 25 October, the Division moved to Mars-la-Tour, where it entered combat, 1 November, in support of the XX Corps, containing enemy troops in the area. In mid-November it went on the offensive, crossed the Moselle at Mailing, and drove to the Saar River, north of Metz. The Division was making preparations for the Third Army drive to the Rhine when it was ordered north to stop the German winter offensive, 17 December. The 10th held defensive positions against heavy opposition near Bastogne, Noville, and Bras. Resting briefly in early January, the 10th moved out again to defensive positions east of the Saar, south of the Maginot Line. On 20 February 1945 the Division returned to the attack, and took part in the clearing of the Saar-Moselle triangle. The Division then attacked north and captured Trier, 15 March. Driving through Kaiserslautern, it advanced to the Rhine, crossed the river at Mannheim, 28 March, turned south, captured Oehringen and Heilbronn, crossed the Rems and Fils Rivers, and reached Kirchheim, meeting waning resistance. The Division crossed the Danube, 2325 April, and took Oberammergau. On April 27, the 10th Armored Division, along with the 103rd Infantry Division, liberated the Landsberg-Dachau concentration subcamp. In May, the 10th drove into the famed “Redoubt,” and had reached Innsbruck when the war in Europe ended.

The division was inactivated on 13 October 1945, at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia. It was reactivated as a reserve unit in 1946, and deactivated for the final time in 1957 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._10th_Armored_Division).

My father and uncle both served in Vietnam. They were both placed in harm’s way. My dad was drafted and answered the call to duty…as did my uncle. They placed their lives under the care of the leaders they were assigned to, and the president as Commander, and ultimately to all citizens of the U.S.A.

If not for the Korean War in God’s providence, I would not exist to pen this article. My mother came from South Korea in the 1970’s. If communist rule had extended over all of Korea, the oppression that is now isolated in the North would cloak itself over the South as well. My South Korean relatives are grateful for their freedom.

I know that many people reading this may have varying opinions on the justness of wars and foreign diplomacy. May all such disagreements fall to the ground in the face of a veteran. What matters today is that young men and women have served this country and answered the call to duty. It pains me to hear stories of how veterans returning from Vietnam were greeted by spit to the face and profanity-laced ridicule. Disagree all you want with what wars we should have fought or shouldn’t have, but at the end of the day honor and respect those who fought….many of whom who were drafted and answered the call to duty when others fled to Canada. Thank a veteran today. My grandpa has since passed, but I will extend gratitude to my father and uncle on this day. I’m grateful for their service.

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Comments
  1. uncle Bob says:

    Good job nephew

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