My grandfather, Fred, earned a Bronze Star Medal while serving in The Korean War. Though he was not ashamed of his service, he kept his medals and his uniform in a box in his closet. He told us stories from the war, and he made sure that we knew what it meant to be Americans, but never mentioned any of the medals or told us the stories behind them. He told us about his friends from the base and about the Korean people he met. He told us about what it felt like to come back to his family.
He was a true American and a great man, and he instilled in me the values that I hold dearly. On this day, we must remember him, and we must remember his buddies that never made it back. We must keep in mind those that have served, and those that are currently overseas.
Fred died in 2004 at the age of 75.