My father died in 1986. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer as he was a heavy smoker starting in his military years just over 18 years old. Ironically, the chemotherapy and radiation treatments he underwent worked and his cancer was in remission. Read more
Posts from the ‘Veterans Stories’ Category
Looking At The The Battle From Different Angles
Most people, especially “baby-boomers” and the generations beyond, have heard of the battle of Iwo Jima and can relate that it was primarily a Marine battle in the South Pacific in WWII and there was a famous photograph taken when they raised the American flag. Sometimes history can blur reality or lessen the blow of what really happened. Read more
Despite the swirling controversies that still haunt the nation about the Vietnam conflict, major advancements in medical services emerged from that era and are still employed today saving thousands of military and civilian lives. Call it one of the ironies of the destructive nature of war. Read more
Ray Wilburn spent 41 years of his life in the U.S. Army. In 2012, Pres. Barack Obama signed the 50th Anniversary proclamation, which will continue until 2025, to ensure future generations come to understand the sacrifice made by Vietnam veterans — both on the battlefield, and once they came back to the United States.
Wilburn served overseas three times during his military career, the first being during the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968. He served in Bosnia in 2001-2002 and then in Iraq in 2005-2006. Read more
An Israeli born veteran, Yaron Svoray, was on a lecture tour in the United States and met Sam Neyr, a WWII veteran, who told him about a foxhole on the border between France and Germany where he had buried 40 uncut diamonds.
The story was so incredible that Yaron actually believed him. Yaron thought initially that the search would be simple. Sam Nyer’s descriptions were full of amazing detail. However, even with Nyer’s recollections, the search area covered a thousand square miles of forest and several hills scattered with innumerable foxholes. Finding Nyer’s precise foxhole was virtually impossible. Read more