This taken from the Associated Press,6-18-2010:
"MURRAY, KY (wkms) - A former Army soldier from Murray has received his forgotten medals from a conflict known as the "Forgotten War." The Murray Ledger & Times reports that Korean War veteran Frank Andrus recently received five military honors from the 10 months he
spent fighting in Korea. 81-year-old Andrus served as a machine gun operator for the Army's 25th Division, 35th Infantry Regiment, and suffered a shrapnel injury to his foot. He says a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in Washington in the early 1970s destroyed his service records, making it hard for the military to track him down. He recently received a box that included a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantry Badge and other honors."
Now this angers me VERY DAMN MUCH!
Mr Andrus fought in "The Forgotten War" and when apparently trying to rectify a problem, due to records being destroyed in the 1970 fire, an agency of our US Government "forgot" how to deliver medals like the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. How in the HELL do you send an 81 year old man, via the sluggish United States Postal Service, his "COMBAT" decorations he "EARNED" almost 60 years ago?!
The great state of Kentucky has a long list of faithful warriors who served and are today, serving our country...why heck...Kentucky even has two very famous US Army forts there! Near Louisville, Fort Knox is home of the US Army's Armor School and some gold, if we have any leftover that Obama doesn't know about. Next is Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne Division. Hell, I think the US Army could scrape up a couple of thousand active duty combat veterans from either of those bases alone to help "personally" pin those awards on Mr Andrus. Some of those soldiers probably even served with Mr Andrus' unit, the 25th Infantry Division. Those awards should be "properly presented" to ALL who served in combat. If you know anybody with some political punch get a hold of them ASAP to help right this wrong!
Thanks in advance for your help looong time!!!
Here's some folk's you can call also:
Senator Mitch McConnell (R- KY) 202-224-2541
Senator Jim Bunning (R- KY) 202-224-4343
Representative Edward Whitfield (R - 01)202-225-3115
Representative Brett Guthrie (R - 02) 202-225-3501
Representative John Yarmuth (D - 03) 202-225-5401
Representative Geoff Davis (R - 04) 202-225-3465
Representative Harold Rogers (R - 05) 202-225-4601
Representative Ben Chandler (D - 06) 202-225-4706
You da man!!
Still waiting on a reply from Congresscritter Davis. I'll keep you in the know...
Oh, and a HUGE THANKS!!!
Thanks back at'cha Kentucky Woman!!!
No effing excuses.
You tell 'em, Gene!
(Though truth be told, having a mailman deliver it instead of a congressman is probably a step up. My mailmen both are former military, though.)
Can't believe that he still hadn't received his medals and other awards before that 1970 fire.
What on earth is wrong with people?
Let's get this man a ceremony!
FWIW. Linked to and supported your call for assistance. This is a damn shame and I'm both disgusted and shamed at his treatment.
Thanks for the post brother.
Hell, I think the US Army could scrape up a couple of thousand active duty combat veterans from either of those bases alone to help "personally" pin those awards on Mr Andrus.
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