Posted 03 July 2007 - 12:23 AM
Well boys I am impresed by many of them fruit salads. But I cannot lie, I dont have a bar worth showing off, just a basic WW2 Euro theatre and my CAP ribbons. But I do have a story for you all. Last summer right after church got out and I walked out the door and I was walking out in the grass, I looked down to scan the ground, might find a penny or two you know. Well I looked down and say what appeared to be a ribbon, so I bent over and picked it up. Sure enough, a purple heart ribbon with two oak leaf clasps, I thought well I should keep this then said no, who ever lost this must miss it, as the clasps were well worn and you could see it had been marched many miles. So I walked in the church up to pastor and said "Pastor do we have any purple heart veterans of this church?" and he said that we do, and as a matter of a fact a member that just passed won 3 purple hearts in the Army Air Corp in WW2. So I said then this is probably his and haned him the ribbon and he looked at it and exclaimed and asked where I found it and I told him. Well he walked over to the widow and gave it to her and she smiled and thanked us both. A month or two passed and I walked up to her one day and greeted her in the usual way people do and made conversation, ten it dawned on me to ask her about it, turns out it wasn't her recently deceased husband's but rather her son's purple heart ribbon who earned 3 purple hearts in Vietnam. You see when they had his funeral at the church they had many veterans and active duty military in dress uniforms, and anyone that has wore ribbons know that sometimes they fall off. But what are the odds of that working the way it did, and not only that but both father and son earning 3 purple hearts each. I hope you all have enjoyed my story as much as I enjoyed the fruit salads, I guarentee that story is 100 percent genuine with nothing made up.