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4/12/07

Local Veterans Reaction To TISD's Memorial Day Decision

Jim Gill will be the first to tell you that Memorial Day is not about him. Though the retired Navy veteran served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, he made it back home. It's his fallen comrades he hopes people will remember this May.

"We had a guy named Carter who was from Georgia. He was kind of a quiet guy; real laid back.  One of the Marines was a guy named Kabosky. We picked him up, actually we picked him up with 1,200 other Marines at Broadway Landing in San Diego.

Jim remembers the morning his unit dropped those Marines on a Korean beach amid heavy enemy fire. By noon, Kabosky, along with 600 other Marines were all dead.

"I always thought there was such a narrow line between a coward and a hero. At any given moment, at any given time, under any given circumstance, anybody could turn the other way.  But, I can honestly say that I never saw one guy that had to be pushed out of that boat or drug out.  They charged in every time.  That's what you remember about them; that they were willing to defend freedom, and that's what Memorial Day is about," says Mr. Gill.

It's about honoring those men and women who paid for our freedom with their blood, and Jim Gill says he hopes the Tyler students will take advantage of the day they have been given back to say thank you to the men and women who gave everything.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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