Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day and Veterans' Day take on a new meaning for me in this year of 2012. I have always had a special place in my heart for the American military from the War of 1812 up to the current situation in the middle east. Today I am posting two very personal clippings from my Local History database.
It has always been a puzzle to me why we haven't given formal recognition to a boy with whom I grew up back in the 1940's. Ray Sypniewski was the first U.S. casualty of the Korean war in Mercer County and Hamilton Township to return home in a casket; giving his life in the Korean war. The Sypniewski family and the Glover family will not forget this American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice as a member of Company D of the Second Battalion, 5th Marines. May God rest his soul and know we will never forget his sacrifice.
My "big brother" Len passed away two weeks ago, and has gone to be with the Lord in that special place he promised all of us. A day or two before he passed on, he and I were talking and he wondered if God would ask him about all those innocent men, women and children he killed during his 36 missions over Nazi Germany in a Consolidated B 24 Liberator. The memory was with him through all these years. May God rest his soul; Ray and Len: WE WILL MEET AGAIN!