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Snippets of a Hero's Sacrifice
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Friday, July 03, 2009
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... did he wonder if he'd ever get to see his Mom or four brothers and two sisters again, if he'd survive? ....

... snippets of a hero's sacrifice
culled from the P.O.W. registry:

age at capture:  21
date of capture:  4/9/42
place of capture:  BATAAN.

... a very long way from home ...

length of captivity:  1,224 days
camp(s) held in:  O'Donnell Cab.
Hoten Mukden

... what was he feeling?  what
was he thinking?  did he wonder
if he'd ever get to see his Mom
or four brothers and two sisters
again, if he'd survive? ...

date liberated:  8/15/45

... two days before his mother's
birthday.  can you imagine??
what a gift! ... f r e e d o m!  life!!

medals awarded:  Purple Heart.
Bronze Star.  P.O.W. Medal.

... if you talked to him, he would
always say he wasn't a hero.  beg
to differ.  he was, and i am proud
to say he was my Uncle.

Andrew C. Vidra.  Uncle Duke.
my Daddy's brother.

i love and miss you.  thanks for
showing me what a hero really is ...

(c) 2009, Karla Dorman (7/3)

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Reviewed by Daring Sunshine 7/6/2009
Thank you for sharing your Uncle. A great tribute to him!
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/6/2009
what a beautiful tribute to a hero for sure!
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 7/4/2009
Yeah, be proud, Karla. Not all of us could make it through those circumstances. I'm sorry this happen to him, but I'm happy he made it home. Thanks for sharing this poignant piece.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 7/4/2009

And thank you, Karla, for introducing us to your valiant uncle Duke along with the pain, both mental and physical, this hero of America suffered.
May God continue to bless America and all those that, beyond loneliness, suffer both mental and physical pain to keep us "The Land Of the Free".

Reviewed by richard cederberg 7/4/2009
A moving and germane tribute Karla. Anyone that would take the time to write something like this clearly possesses a heart that is filled with gratitude. Your gifts are verdant, and your skills shine here.
Most abundant blessings this day poetess ...
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 7/4/2009
A wonderful tribute, honor him well
peace, Carole~
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/4/2009
Today is the 4th of July, a day to celebrate the REAL heroes!


Reviewed by Lori Moore 7/4/2009
Your words honor him well.
Reviewed by Charlie 7/3/2009
Simple facts--simply put, but they are powerful reminders of the dangers our brave soldiers face in defending country/freedom/family/religion... What a great legacy of patriotism he left. Living up to that kind of a sacrifice must be a doozie.

Glad I'm back too. Thanks for the reviews. --Charlie
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/3/2009
A tribute to your Uncle Duke who we all owe so much too. He'd be pleased. Patrick
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 7/3/2009
Beautiful Karla....well done...
Reviewed by Jon Willey 7/3/2009
Karla, isn't it strange how the real heroes are always so modest? -- I like this heartfelt tribute to your uncle Duke -- peace and love my dear friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 7/3/2009
Wonderful tribute. I couldn't imagine what that would be like.Thank you karla, for this touching story.

With Love,
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/3/2009
A beauitiful tribute, thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/3/2009
A salute to him and all POW's and the ones who weren't as fortunate to come home from the various world conflicts.

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/3/2009
the country should be proud and should recognize all who serve as heroes...e
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 7/3/2009
So beautifully written, Karla; a fine tribute to your Uncle Duke and all of our Fighting Forces, past and present - our Heroes
Thank you for sharing his story...
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/3/2009
Beautiful, Karla. A wonderfully written tribute.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/3/2009
I was honored to be his niece; a most worthy tribute to a true American hero! Very well penned; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :) *SALUTE!!*
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 7/3/2009
Karla, we all should be proud of your Uncle Duke. -gene.
Reviewed by Ray { The Great Canadian Buzzard } 7/3/2009
Wonderful tribute for your Uncle Duke
He definitely was a hero
Well penned, have a great day
The Buzzard
Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 7/3/2009
Wow! Very impressive, Karla. The man was definitely a hero, and deserved far more than he got.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 7/3/2009
It wasn't until I was an adult that I learned of the atrocities of World War II in the Pacific Islands... So little has been publicized about that portion of the war. I truly believe that each of those who were captured were heroes, especially those who somehow survived that horrific ordeal. Thank you for opening our eyes to it...

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