- Ada, Oklahoma


June 5, 2011

Letter to the editor 6-5-11

Ada — Dear Editor,

Sixty-seven years ago this month, on June 6, 1944, several men, including myself, were given a free pass to France, compliments of Uncle Sam.

When we got there we had to shoot our way before we could put a foot on land. Some 10,000 never made it beyond the coast.

What was left had to fight our enemy from France till they were defeated.

I fought through France, Germany and Belgium, until we met the Russians on the Roer River. By then the war was over in May 1945.

I was given a furlough to Denmark for my service. I later received a personal thank you in writing from Pres. Harry Truman.

I still have it.

My name is on a WWII monument in Caan, France as a charter member.

Likewise, on the WWII monument in Washington, D.C., and in New Orleans, plus I am honored to be on the Internet as a Patriotic Citizen.

God has been good to me as with others who survived World War II and other wars.

We deeply regret that we fought and some died so people who never took up a weapon in defense of our beloved country will use the courts to expel God from our lifestyles.

My hat is off to every person in uniform, dead or alive who answers their call in defense of their country.

My father fought in World War I, and his three sons served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

It is deeply regrettable that we veterans are pushed aside and forgotten for our sacrifice for families, country and God.

When you see a veteran, honor him for his sacrifice and devotion. We can never bring back those killed, but we need not forget them either.

Darrell Bolich

Veteran WWII and Korea

Member, American Legion

and Veteran of Foreign Wars

Ada, OK

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