Printed on: April 22, 2014
Received April 11
At about 1:30 p.m. on April 9, I was lucky enough to turn on the TV as someone was singing "Amazing Grace" at the funeral of the dead soldiers at Fort Hood Army Establishment. Then came the rest of the services and finally the playing of "Taps."
This is also the day we, the 27th Division, landed on Okinawa. We moved up into hell on the night of April 20. The next day we lost about 30 to 40 percent of our company. Between April 20 and April 30, we lost almost all of the company. I made it clear through and by good fortune I was part of the group that took part in the ceremony at our military cemetery to honor our fallen soldiers. Even after all these years, I cannot hear "Taps" without the tears running.
I add my prayers and thanks for all the dead and wounded at Fort Hood, especially the woman M.P. who stopped it. I know she has some problems now to deal with. I have often thought of our dead in combat who we just had to leave and go on and do our job. May God bless the people who lost these dead and ease their pain. After 69 years, I am still fighting my war. Without God and the Veteran's Department that well could have been me that lost it. I personally know that PTSD is no myth and I am still receiving treatment for it. (Word count: 246)
VAIL VAN LEUVEN