Boyer Writes honors all Veterans
THANK YOU for your service to our country!
While living part-time in Virginia, my husband and I were honored to interview a number of veterans of the Blue Ridge Mountain area. Many had never been interviewed about their service and were happy to finally tell their stories. This led to the writing of our book entitled Men and Women of Valor in the Blue Ridge.
Their stories were amazing. We were honored to meet Sharon Plichta and her husband who served in Vietnam. Sharon was a military nurse who earned the Bronze Star for her bravery caring for the wounded under fire.
The veteran that I’d like to share with you from this book is Myron Cardward Harold of M.C., as he was called. He served in Korea with the U.S. Army’s 40th Division, 22nd Regiment. He was 21 years old as he fought across Heartbreak Ridge.
Here is a part of the chapter featuring this soldier of Valor in Korea:
Myron C. Harold, better known as “MC” has an amazing story of bravery when he served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a Staff Sergeant who almost lost both his legs. The fighting had been so terrible in the middle of winter on what is known as Heartbreak Ridge and they were walking and fighting at night through the mountains. His legs were beginning to freeze and he was picked up in a truck and taken to a field hospital at the Yalu River.
When he arrived at a medic station, the soles of his shoes were worn out and flapping. By this time, both legs had frozen. The surgeons said, “We must take these legs off now. It can’t wait. We must do it now.” MC was prepared to face whatever he had to in order to live.
He says he does not remember getting to the medics. Now they were about to remove his legs and send him back to the Blue Ridge Mountains, where they had large fruit orchards that his father had started years before.
The surgeon that day in Korea wanted to help MC stand on his legs one more time before performing the operation. When he did, MC recalls with tears in his eyes, “It felt like a shot had gone all through my body.” Immediately the surgeon recognized that the blood had started flowing throughout MC’s legs. Removing the legs would not be necessary. “That was my miracle,” MC said with tears in his eyes.
After returning from Korea, MC and his son grew many acres of apples in the Blue Ridge. Today, as an elderly man, he is a resident at the V.A. hospital in Virginia. He had survived to tell his story of God’s miracle in a land far away.
Other veterans of the Blue Ridge interviewed served in Vietnam, Korea, and World War II. They stand proud with all their comrades in arms who have faithfully served.
- Rob Redus ( In submarines…Vietnam)
- Dr. Tom Whartenby (Vietnam)
- Clinton Moles (World War II)
- Leonard Marshall (Survived the sinking of the USS Gambier by the Japanese)
- Troy Davis (World War II and recently passed away in Spain)
- Elmo McAlexander as an Army Medic during the Cold War
- Frank and Sharan Plichta (Vietnam)
- Paul Childress (World War II under Patton and guarded Dachau prisoner)
- Tommy Ellis (Served in the Marines and regularly is in an Honor Guard for those veterans who pass away.) Roy McAlexander also has served hundreds of the fallen at funerals.
To those who may be interested in the many stories of honor and courage in Men and Women of Valor in the Blue Ridge Click here
Video below: God Bless the USA
This post is in honor of all veterans and their families who have given so much for the country they love, the United States of American. God Bless You!
VIDEO: Passengers on an airline witness the bringing home one of our bravest and finest. Thank you to all USA Veterans, for your service.
IN HONOR OF Green Beret WO1 Shawn Thomas
The Election of 2016 is over. Instead of burning the American flag or beating up people because they chose to vote differently, those involved should think seriously about those who have fought to make America free. The American flag represents that freedom.
We must never forget history and the bravery of those who fought for our rights…even the rights to peacefully protest. Most of all, we must not forget those who bravely fought to bring the battles to an end. We continue to honor those who are still in harm’s way throughout the world.
World War I….was to be the War that ended all wars. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
Some of the great battles of World War II: The Battle of the Atlantic, The Battle of Britain, The siege of Leningrad, Pearl Harbor, The Battle of Stalin grad, The Invasion of Normandy, The Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Okinawa, The Battle of Berlin
What was victory like for those who fought?
Victory Day, also known as VJ Day, marks the anniversary the Allies’ victory over Japan during World War II.
VJ Day in Honolulu Video….the real thing. Compliments of Richard Sullivan’s father who was there on August 14, 1945 and shot this film.
Names to Remember: Iwo Jima, Saipan, Midway…Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Omaha Beach…and others we have not mentioned. Thank you, Veterans, for your dedication.
Omaha Beach invasion was when the Germans killed about 5,000 men. They were so young and lives cut short. Truly, WAR IS HELL.
Every President has been part of the ceremonial duties of honoring the men and women who have served. I looked carefully at the pictures of the most recent military recognition of those honored and visited by our Heads of State.
There have been a number of Medal of Honor recipients in the last few years, but some of the most warmly human interaction that I could find would have to be the pictures of Pres. George Bush.
I believe that on this Veteran’s Day, it would be good to see a few of these pictures between a Commander in Chief and those who served…often giving so much sacrificially.
To all those in all wars that served and gave the ultimate sacrifice…we HONOR you today.
Special note from Boyer Writes:Over a year ago, I wrote this blog and then I received a comment from someone who knows Michael Davenport personally. It reminded me that today, Nov. 11, 2012 is Veteran’s Day and there are many veterans who have given their all for their country. Many are now learning how to use their new limbs and wrestling with what they can do in life. I decided to share this blog again to encourage them through this young man. Michael Davenport, had a terrible accident but he was able to rise above his circumstances, as difficult as it was. Michael was not a veteran, but has much to share by his life experience and courage.
Michael Davenport was big fan of the University of Georgia football team and faced with a world in which he never expected to be a part. Michael is now disabled.
At the age of 13, while playing in his yard and holding a copper wire, he became entangled in a live electrical cord.
The accident left him with no hands and only a prosthetic arm . Everything had to be re-learned. His life, before the accident, had been one of heavy drinking, but now a decision had to be made. He would have to face life the way it would be. It was like being born into a new body…one that he must learn to use all over again.
This was his opportunity to start over; to find a passion and to trust in God to lead his life. He had to learn to write with his new hand and in doing so, he found out that he had artistic ability. Drawing the University of Georgia mascot, the Bull Dog, he began to sell them to tourists at ball games. This brought him an income that he needed. He found also that the football fans and others have became his followers.
It has not been an easy road, but Michael continues because he believes God gave him his life for a reason. He believes this is the challenge that he wants to leave with all young people: “Follow your dreams.”
(note from Boyer Writes) Michael, our prayers are that you will continue to grow in your new life. Regardless of our abilities, God makes a way as we trust Him. We do not know what each day will bring, but we can trust each day to the One who knows.
I wonder if anyone ever told Michael Davenport how especially proud they are of him…for all he has tried to do in the face of such personal devastation? I have a friend who is trying hard to break the cycle of caffeine, nicotine, and sugar addiction. As he was walking on a road, he was hit by a car and broke his neck…ultimately having to cope with the addiction of pain killers. There are so many people who need a word of praise and the simple words, “I am proud of you for what you are trying to do.” He has made an appointment with a doctor and is on the right path. Picking up the phone this morning, I decided it was time to say those words to my friend. Maybe he has never heard them. Who do you know that may need encouragement or a simple word of praise?
(A reader wrote this note about Michael after reading this blog. Thank you so much.)
“I have known Michael Davenport for many years now. We had not seen each other in a while and he came to visit me a few days ago. I was once again reminded of what an amazing person he is. I think we all could learn a little bit from the way he views his life and the manner in which he choses to live. Michael branches out from the canvas by giving motivational speeches to others who also have a disability. You might also find Michael in your neighborhood drawing cartoon characters for children where he uses his god given talent as a tool to pass along the message to tell children to “follow your dreams, stay in school and don’t do drugs”. To say that Michael is a kindred spirit with an amazing story and incredible talent would surely be an understatement. I consider him to be a wonderful friend who always seems to have a smile on his face. I am very blessed to know Michael Davenport and he truly is a wonderful compliment to Athens, Georgia.
Video showing Michael and his artistic talent using his mouth:
Boyer Writes presents In Flanders Fields in honor of all veterans in all wars. Take up the torch….and pass it on.
Click to hear.
IN FLANDERS FIELDS (The Poem read)