My dad sent this out today, about his father. My grandfather died the year before I was born, so I never met him. I knew he had won the silver star, because it was engraved on his headstone, but hadn't heard the story.
To honor all veterans today I will share this story of this one hero.
"90 years ago today my dad, a 21-year-old Marine, participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France - now know as the Battle of the Argonne Forest. 1,200,000 Americans along with soldiers from other countries participated. Forgotten in history, it was reported as the bloodiest battle ever for American soldiers, although it seems ot me there were bloodier battles for Americans in the Civil War.
Early in the battle he single-handedly attacked and wiped out a German machine gun nest for which he won the Silver Star.
Two hours before the armistice was called, my dad was walking along with four of his buddies, two on each side of him. A shell landed right next to my dad killing the two guys on each side of him and he escaped uninjured. Without counting, I think he has over 150 direct descendants now. "
Thanks, Grandpa. And thanks to all the other people I never knew who protect our country and others.