I decided not to post as OT.
Background: I was an Aviation Cadet at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas in early
January and February of 1953. I was in the barracks bay of a very special Airman. He
had been in the Korean Conflict and had earned a Medal of Honor for his actions as a
gunner aboard a 2-engined boomer in Korea. I was in the same barracks as he was. All
there knew of his medal and fully respected him for for his bravery in combat.
One day, a very uptight and very starched, 2nd Lt.. was walking towards us on the way
to chow. We were 2nd classmen by then. I was just behind the airman in question.
As per the orders, I saluted the officer and held my salute.
The airman ahead of me did not solute the officer. I held my solute.
The officer called Halt. We both stopped. The officer ask, very forcefully, why the
airman did not salute him.
The Airman ahead of me slowly raised his left arm and hand and pointed across to his
chest to his Medal of Honor medal.
The officer came to a very full brach and held it.
After a minute or so, the airman returned his salute.
I held my salute until the officer replied.
I never knew of the history of that officer or that Airman.
On this Memorial Day, I salute that airman.
He is a hero to me.