Dateline: Korea late 1950
Bitter winds were blowing and the Chinese were pushing the American forces south. A few miles from a little town named Kuni Ri American soldiers were fighting as they moved south. With the Chinese moving south on the ridgelines and through the valleys a US Soldier; using a small building as cover engaged the enemy.
During the fight the Soldier was killed. His body left in place as his fellow soldiers fought their way up and over the hills against the ever pressing enemy. May of them dying and remaining on the mountain.
After the battle passed a young boy watched as the people in the nearby hamlets took the body and removed the overcoat and useable items. A pipe and tobacco fell from to the coat onto the ground.
The Soldiers body was taken from the place it fell and placed in a hole, made by a fallen tree and covered up in his grave on a sloping hill. Buried, but not forgotten.
Summer: 1998 North Korea.
The young Korean Boy was now older man he stood and told a the story of what he witnesses that day. I do not doubt his words as he had just led us to another set of remains of another soldier who died that day about 100-200 yards away.
A team of Americans; working with the North Koreans, scoured that hill side for about a week with no luck. Cross trenching as we went. On one day that week the North Koreas asked if we planned to continue to work on the site or break early as it was our national holiday. It was the 4th of July.
We worked the entire day that day as we knew one thing. The soldier we were looking for did not get the 4th of July off and such neither would we. WE OWED HIM THAT and MORE.
Although our efforts were not rewarded by finding that pipe smoking Soldier we did not fail as we now knew were he was not.
Dateline 3 July 2008
On cold days in the foothills of the Rockies here in Colorado Springs I think of this soldier that and others. I also remember and think of this fine American Soldier on every 4th July since. He may be missing and I may not know his name but HE IS NOT FORGOTTEN.
And now as members of the Mountain read this post they can help me remember a brave American Soldier who gave his all still waits to return home.
May God Bless Him and may GOD BLESS AMERICA and ALL who wear and have worn the uniform and remained true to the Constitution and its Spirit.
Happy Independence Day American and Thanks to the Citizen Soldiers of Lexington and Concord and all American Service Members in times of peace and war since.
God bless that soldier!!! I look forward to the day he is returned home and a grateful nation tells him, "Welcome Home"