As a very recent widow of a Vietnam Veteran, I wish to thank all those who served in Vietnam. I would also like to thank all those who are presently serving and all Veterans of all United States military branches. I knew my husband had received a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. To my surprise, I discovered, after my husband passed in the section of his DD 214 (discharge papers) for medals and commendations that he had received many more. I contacted my brother who has just recently retired from the US Army as a Colonel after serving for twenty years. He translated the DD 214 for me:
My husbands military history was that of a United States Army Airborne Ranger, having served in Vietnam, earning rank of Specialist E-6. During his military career, he earned numerous medals and commendations: two Distinguished Service Crosses, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, Vietnam Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam National Campaign Medal, Army Commendation, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam National Cross for Gallantry, four Air Medals, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Emblem, two Combat Infantry Badges, Expert Badge for M-14 and M-60.
My brother said my husband was a hero and that all members of our family should have known of his commitment to our freedom.
I often asked my husband if he received any other medals; he would say, Yes, but I only received them because I survived. He told me bits and pieces but only of one incident of being out with his squad, and was the lone survivor, and often said, I should have died with my brothers. I am now the proud widow of a hero.
I would like to again say thank you to all of you who served and are serving. Myself, our children, members of our families and many friends say, We are grateful for your sacrifice.
Take care and God bless.
Mary Sue Farrell