I just found this thread and read it in its entirety. I'm speechless, but I'll say one thing, as I celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, I'll remember and honor Mr. Orville Bierkle along with all the other heros that made this country worth fighting for.
Then, Sir, we will give them the bayonet!
(Stonewall Jackson's reply to Colonel B.E. Bee when he reported that the enemy were beating them back. At the first battle of Bull Run, July 1861)
Retired Navy CPO