|BILL WALKER, USAF, KOREAN WAR
The Old Soldier Speaks
ęCopyright, Bill Walker, All Rights Reserved
Remember Me? I am the one that won you your freedom. I have been in the forefront of your battles to keep your freedom. I
have lived a very rough life. Some times I have fought in mud, in snow, in rain, in hot dry places. Sand blowing in my face.
I have been left to do the best I can against a foe that out numbers me ten to one. Some times 50 to me, myself and I. But
we will talk about some of these cases as we go along here. Us old soldiers hear that some of you young people from time to
time need a refresher class in American History. So us old soldiers are going to do the best we can, about telling our story.
Remember me? I was at Bunker Hill. I was at a few other places along the way. One was that winter at Valley Forge. I was the
one with out shoes, with out much in the way of food. With out a warm bed, without that stuff called money. But with a gun
that maybe would get off a shot about ever minute if my cold hands could load fast enough. We in the end won you the thing
called freedom. Freedom to move about. Stand on the street corner and talk about the crooks you voted into office. We lost
a lot of battles along the way. After all we had so little to do with. The mother country had every thing, they even could
buy troops from other countries to come over here and do their dirty work for them. But we whipped them enough that they went
home with their tails between their legs. We sure had our day when Corn what’s his name (Cornwall Jackson) gave it up
at Yorktown. Now I got to turn this over to my son. He can tell you about his war. You know freedom every once in a while
some one has to fight to keep that. Freedom to vote, freedom to go to the church you happen to like, freedom to gripe about
the people you have in public office. The ones who said if elected they would put a chicken in every pot. The trouble is they
forgot to tell you there is no pots today. Well the campfire is calling. I hear General Washington says, congress got us some
fat back bacon for the bean soup.
Remember me? I bet not. I fought a war called the Quasi War. John Adams was setting in the Presidents House [more on this
later] Seem like that the French wanted to tie into us a bit. They got a fight going on the high seas, and a few other places.
Any ways we whipped them into shape. We by now had a ship, name of Constellation. It defeated the French ship, L'Isuregent
said to be a fast ship. Then it got the LaVenyeneince. What ever the name is. We waxed them both. The Frenchies soon learned
we was no push over. So that war didn't last too long. But once again it was the American service people who kept your freedom.
Remember me? Well there was some people called the Pirates of the Barbary Coast. Well that they were. They has some ships
that raided shipping along their neck of the woods. Even the British paid to go near their snake hole. Not us. We got our
fill of it and President Jefferson sent the American Navy, with the Marines to clean out those rats. It lasted about 4 years.
Just some more of the American Service people keeping your freedom to move about.
Remember me? I had to go fight the English one more time to keep your freedom. Seems like a few years back about 1806 them
people was attacking our ships on the high seas. They would take men off and press them into serving their king. Well at last
we got a bit up set with that and some of their other nutty deals. So one more time the American Service People is in the
fore-front. Now please note I said Service People.
By this time we had a small army, a small navy, and those wonderful marines came into being some where along the way.
Now our navy, lets talk about those few great names that came into being.
We have the Ships. The United States. The Wasp. The Hornet. The Enterprise. The President. And the Constitution, [Old IRON
SIDES.] She was such a great ship, she is still in service.
They were few, but boy let me tell you they were great ships. They fought them English out numbered some times 2, 3 and more
at a time.
And they whipped them English ships. We put many a ship down. Now go back and look at some of those names. There will be later
wars and those proud names will be back. I will leave that for my great grand son, or is it my great, great grand son to tell
about? Oh you figure it out. Well toward the end them darn British burned the White House. Now for all you young “Whipper
Snappers”; the White House wasn't called the White House till after that time. You see it was the Presidents House or
something like that. But after that it got some white paint to try to cover the burn job. Old Madison, he was running around
like a chicken with it's head cut off. Lucky his wife Dolly had a brain. [think it was spelled Dolly] Well any ways she saved
some of the stuff and beat it down the road ahead of those fire-bugs. Any ways the Brits wasn't doing too good, so they got
their selves some one to talk an end to the war. Any ways we won the Second war of Independence. So you can set at home and
enjoy this thing called freedom.
Remember Me? Well it seems like a bunch of our people went down to a place we call Texas. They more or less was stomping on
land that Mexico claimed. We would hear about the problems coming from there. But any ways after a bit that part came to be
called Texas. Now it gets kind of a mess here. The Mexican people got a fuss going with these new people. Or was it the other
way around? Any ways in the end here comes the good old American Service People again. Now it is time to pull up some names.
We will talk about them later. There was a fellow by the name of Scott. Better known to us Service People as old Fuss & Feathers.
He was the general. There was a fellow by the name of Lee, Hill, Grant, and a lot more. Now Scott got into a battle with the
Mexican army at a place. Was not getting anywhere.
So he spotted a young man by the name of R.E. Lee, a captain. He told Lee to see what you can do. Well Lee did a bit of scouting
about, and the battle was over real quick. Just real quick.
The thing is we won a lot of land to make more states. We ended up at the Mexico City. They were only too glad to call it
quits. More of this thing called freedom. Won by the American Service people.
Remember me? Well I am the one that fought the many battles with those real Native Americans. The Indians. Now folks you should
know these were bloody, and messy. Both for the white man and the Indians. These were never really ending battles. There was
also a fellow who was making trouble name of John Brown.
Seems like he was making a fuss over this thing called slavery. Now to some he was a wonderful fellow. To others well, he
was just a crook. Any ways he came to Washington. He and a few men took a few people and held them in an old building. A man
that was named before happened to be in town. By now he was know as Col. Lee. He got a call to do something. He rounded up
a Lt. A.P. Hill and his unit of Marines. When the dust cleared. Mr. Brown was given a trial, and a trip to a rope. This isn't
the end of the troubles. Maybe it is just a good warm up to the next war. But all this has a bearing on things to come. Another
call for the Service People. For your freedom Remember me? Well I may wear Blue, or I may wear Gray. Just depends on what
your thinking is. Let me say this. I fought in whatever color for not only what I thought was right, but in some cases for
my little home, my farm, my family. I may have not cared one way or other about what some people says the war was about. It
makes no difference. It ended up making the United States of America. We became the great nation that is here today by that
war. Now that aside. It was a bloody war, it was a mean war, it was a nasty war. A man could find himself fighting, his son,
his brother, his father or other family members.
Each with the belief they were right. I as a soldier of that war. Seen each calling on the Heavenly Father for help in doing
what was right. I think the Heavenly Father had a hard time with the requests. As it seems to me people on both sides were,
“God fearing people”. But the Service People on both sides of this case were called on. Remember this.
They were Americans. Men in Blue. Men in Gray. They were Americans ALL. And yes something called freedom got stronger. Oh
I just got to get this in. You know the only woman in the history of the United States to win the Congressional Medal of Honor
came out of that war.
Had a real lovely name, Mary Walker.
Remember me? I was on the Maine when she blown up in Havana Harbor. I was with Teddy on the charge. I was with Dewey when
he sank the Spanish ships at Manila. We grew to be a power to be taken note of.
We also got a few head aches out of it. Now people say one thing, may mean something else. Also people hear what they want
to hear. The other words they can't hear.
But that is what us old Solders figure they keep us around for. Seems like the Filipinos figured with all the double talk
they were going to have at last, self-government. Well here we go again. Good old American Service People has to go get in
the mess that the political hacks screwed up. We end up with 70,000 of us guys over there. Fighting against people, that wants
some freedom. Funny isn't it?
Remember me? I was one of the Marines that went to Korea. Yes we have been to that place twice. Seems like they didn't care
about buying and selling. So we got the call to go open up the ports. Another fine mess the political hacks get us into. But
you people seem to have elected them.
Remember me? The world is at war. The war to end all wars. Boy is that some kind of joke. Here I am once again, an old soldier,
sitting or standing in most cases with water up to the butt. In a trench. No hot food, no roof over my head. Fear at any minute
of a gas attack, shot and shells landing near by. A machine gun raking my sand bags. You know we came over here a million
strong. Our dear friends the French and Brits figured they would use us for canon fodder. You know put some of our troops
in with theirs. Scream out charge and away we go while they have another cup of tea or wine. Well that didn't work. Thanks
to that fellow from Missouri. Later known as General of The ARMIES. Black Jack Pershing. He told them to go to hell. He would
not allow that to happen. We came over there to clean up the mess they started. We are Americans; we stick together. Well
we went to hell and back a time or two. Maybe a few times, just depends on what you call hell. We had one American hero. A
good old southern boy, name of York. Why he went hunting one day. He rounded up so many loose German soldiers. No one knew
hardly what to do with them all. For a while they thought one of them was the Kaiser him self. Well the war ended on the 11th
day, the 11th minute of the 11th hour, of the 11th mouth of 1918. We had saved your freedom one more time.
December 7th, 1941. Pearl Harbor. A Sunday morning. The Battleship. U.S.S. Arizona. Come visit my battle station. I still
am there, manning it. The navy says we are not on duty yet. What do they know? Some of us lived to fight another day. I was
on the Battleship U.S.S. Missouri 2nd day of Sept 1945. I seen the papers signed ending that war. Between those two dates,
many a American Service Person went to hell and back. Pure hell. If you don't think so ask one who served those years. This
was another war to end all wars. Ha.
But we held on to your freedom for you. Oh remember great, great, Grandfather, saying something about the names of those war
ships. Well we had the Hornet, the Wasp, the Enterprise.
Three great air craft carriers. You can stop and see my two Battleships when you come to Pearl. The Battleship Missouri standing
guard near her sister ship.
Remember me? Pork Chop Ridge. The charge of wave after wave of Koreans and their friends. The few against so many. Out numbered
a hundred to one. The cold nights. No hot food for days on end. Down to your last clip of ammo. Yes we too have been to hell
Remember me? I waded the paddies too. In a place called Vietnam. Snakes, rats, bugs of all sorts. Friend and foe, who could
tell them apart? The little old man, the little old woman, yes even the child may take a shot at you. Your next step may be
a trap. Your leg blown off. Yes I too have been to hell and back.
Remember me? Desert storm, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, the Cole, the Marines killed here, there, the mess in the oil rich
countries. All hell and back. Pure and simple.
Well we could go on in deeper detail. Our bottom line is this. Remember Me? We fought your wars, your battles, for what? To
give you rights. Freedom to think, to do things, to go VOTE. We bled and died in many a place around this earth for you to
do so. Now It makes us mad to think we gave all. And that old boy setting by the camp fire, eating his few beans with a smell
of fat back bacon. You know your great, great, great, oh the heck with it it, you figure it out. He's mad as hell. When he
hears that you don't have the time or it's too cold, or too wet, or it is just a good day to go play golf instead of going
ęCopyright, Bill Walker, All Rights Reserved
Note from the Author: I wish to add a few lines to this, I am in no way meaning, that I, Bill Walker, was in all these wars
and scraps this nation has found it’s self in. I have only been in one, Korea. I am saying the soldier has been in
the scrap, to keep yours and my freedom. If you value your freedom, it was the soldier, not the political hack, who ducked
out, by hook or crook, and got lost on which way he was to go; to find the battlefield!