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  • Salute to Veterans

    Veterans Day 2017

    The Lima NewsFriday, Nov. 10, 2017Section E

  • SALUTE TO VETERANS The Lima News2E Friday, November 10, 2017

    The Lima News feels strong-ly that the service of veterans living in this area should be recognized.

    This is why this Salute to Veterans section was created and it continues yet today.

    This special section honors the many men and women who have served our country in the past or who are cur-rently serving our country.

    Stories from all eras are here, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War and those currently or

    recently serving. Stories from veterans, told in their own words, are published here along with the photos that they shared. Some stores are serious and tell of horrors of war, and some stories are lighthearted.

    For this years publication, The Lima News asked veter-ans to share their thoughts on what people are most con-fused or mistaken about con-cerning their time of service.

    Visit www.limaohio.com for details.

    About this section From Beverly J. Amstutz, of BlufftonI am the wife of a USAF veteran.

    Ill Take the Old GuysWhite fringed brows holding pre-

    cious thoughts of yesterdays.Delicate, tenacious white pillars

    foregoing pain, regrets, sorrow, loss.White heads like eagles rising

    high above the rest.You old guys have give us the best.

    RememberingSome of you still march in the

    Legion parades, remembering.Some of you sit reverently near

    the speaker, remembering.Some of you remember at the

    tombstone of your friend the camaraderie,

    the boyish hopes, the scourge of battle, the fear, the longing.

    All of you salute our great flag, remembering.

    And we will remember you.

    Thank you for your service

    From Ralph Ellis

    Sometime back, this article was sent to me by an unknown author. I thought this message would be appropriate on Veterans Day.

    It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

    It is the soldier, not the poet, who

    has given us freedom of speech.It is the solder, not the campus

    organizer, who has given us free-dom to demonstrate.

    It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

    Who protects our freedom?

    Thank you

    Thank you for serving

    Our country and protecting our freedom

    Your friends at

    HONORING VETERANS DAY

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  • Friday, November 10, 2017 3EThe Lima News SALUTE TO VETERANS

    From Terry Baggs, of Lima

    My name is Terry Baggs and I am a Vietnam veteran. I served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1967-1969 and spent one year in Vietnam.

    I arrived in country on Jan. 12, 1968, just in time for the TET Offensive. During the Tet Offen-sive, Viet Cong military forces con-ducted a series of attacks on cities, towns, government buildings and military bases throughout South Vietnam.

    Tet, which is a shortened term for Tet Nyguyen Dan and means the Feast of the First Morning of the First Day, is the Vietnamese New Year. The North Vietnamese began planning the attack in the summer of 1967. Their goal was to force the collapse of the South Vietnamese government, thus end-ing the war. A ceasefire was gener-ally observed during Tet but this year the North Vietnamese military commander, General Vo Nguyen Giap, decided to launch a series of surprise attacks instead.

    I had just turned 20 when I arrived in Bien Hoa, Vietnam. After a few days of processing I was trucked off to Chu Lai for jungle warfare training. My base camp had the usual mess hall, ammo dump, latrines and tents. There was a Marine outpost on a hill behind the camp and on one side was the South China Sea. My in-country training consisted mostly of learning about booby traps, jungle conditions and how to survive the next 12 months.

    Everyone has his or her own stories and experiences but most of the veterans I know choose to remember some of the more light-hearted moments.

    Tet started for me in the very early morning hours while I was asleep in my tent. A fierce barrage of rocket fire began to hit the base camp. Unfortunately none of the newly arrived soldiers had been issued any sort of weapon or gear other than a steel pot (a helmet). The trainers were the only sol-

    diers who had weapons. The only thing we had for cover was a 30 foot long row of sand bags. As the rockets and mortar rounds came in, we had to hop like frogs back and forth over the row of sand bags depending on which side the last round landed on. We were so scared that we would be over-run by Viet Cong at any minute. Fortunately, the helicopter crew and mortar company were able to stop the assault, but not before the enemy had rocketed both of the ammunition dumps.

    I remember shrapnel raining down all night long. So much so that I picked pieces of shrapnel from my hair and clothes for hours. Needless to say, as soon as it was light I was with my fellow soldiers out on the beach filling sand bags like there was no tomorrow and building some mighty fine bunkers, if I say so myself.

    This certainly was not funny at the time but time has a way of mellowing memories and allows me to look back at things like this through a different perspective.

    Unlike other wars, when I returned home from Vietnam I

    never had anyone other than fam-ily greet me at the airport. The vastly negative view people had of the Vietnam-era soldier was due largely to the fact that there were not the same restrictions on the press in Vietnam as had been in place during other wars. The Viet-nam War was the first televised war which brought the horrors of war and death into every living room every night of the week. The same horrors occur in every war and conflict but until Vietnam, people only knew the Hollywood version of war.

    Throughout the past several years, the Vietnam-era veterans have fought to have their service recognized. Fortunately things are changing and the veteran of today is afforded the respect and honor they deserve. I have had the oppor-tunity to speak on Veterans Day at schools and other events and the response from the children is very gratifying. It makes me very hum-ble whenever anyone comes up to me and thanks me for my service.

    One event that I had the pleasure of experiencing was the Honor Flight program. I was very fortu-

    nate to have been chosen to go on the first Honor Flight for Vietnam veterans who have received the Purple Heart Medal that flew from Columbus last October. This wonderful program allowed me to experience the homecoming I never had and I encourage every veteran to go on one of these flights.

    As I age I may forget what I ate for breakfast but my vivid memo-ries of Vietnam remain with me today and will remain forever. I will never forget my friends who served with me and those whose names are engraved on the Viet-nam wall. As a country, we must never allow a veteran to be treated with nothing less than respect and honor ever again.

    Memories of Vietnam will always remain

    Terry Baggs, in Vietnam.

    Terry Baggs, from a Honor Flight he participated in.

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    From Henry M. Bud Amrine, of Lima

    Henry M. Bud Amrine is now 93. He served with the 262nd Infantry, 66th Black Panther Divi-sion, Intelligence and Recon Pla-toon, rank T-5.

    I graduated from high school in 1942 from Milford Center. Then moved to Marysville and was draft-ed in March 1943. I was sent to Camp Blanding in Florida for basic training. They formed a new divi-sion, the 66th Black Panther Divi-sion. I was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, for radio school and from there we received more training in various camps in the states.

    I shipped out from Camp Shanks, New York, in November 1944. I was nine decks below on the USAT George Washington in very cramped conditions. We woke up early morning to see ships as far as the horizon in all directions. We had joined a huge convoy dur-ing the night.

    On Nov. 26, 1944, about 3 p.m., we docked at Southampton, England. From there, we took a train to Dorchester, England. We stayed in Dorset barracks. The Battle of the Bulge had begun and we were going to be sent there. We left on two ships. Our sister ship, the Leopoldville, was sunk off Cherbourg, France. We

    lost 750 men on Christmas Eve 1944. Badly undermanned, our regiment was sent to Chateau Chalon, headquarters for the Saint-Nazaire sector. Our divi-sion of 15,000 troops were hold-ing back 50,000 German forces. It was a continuous artillery

    duel and I was hit in the feet and legs. I spent two weeks in hospitals in France and England and then I was flown back to New York. I spent 10 months in a hospital in Nashville, Ten-nessee. I received a medical dis-charge in October 1945.

    From a World War II veteran

    This photo was taken Sept. 16, 2017, at the World War II memorial. I was asked by a guard to place this wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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