No man left behind

| June 21, 2012

Marine_7002 sends us a link in the Detroit News to the story of a soldier, CPL Robert Wax, who was returned to his Detroit family 60 years after he was killed in Korea after his first few weeks back in 1950;

Several weeks after the battle, the Army recovered some soldiers’ remains from the 555th Field Artillery Battalion to which Wax belonged, but it wasn’t able then to identify all of them.

Wax was listed at first as missing in action, and later presumed dead.

His remains, tagged Unknown X-88, were buried in a cemetery in South Korea, then moved in 1951 to Japan, amid the turmoil in the region.

Still unidentified, Wax’s remains were shipped four years later to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, where by a strange coincidence, his father, Capt. John (Jack) Wax, was buried.

You should read the rest of the article. One of the things we’ve been good at is doing our best to bring folks back in recent years. Too late for the guys left in Vietnam who’ve become a political football, though.

Category: Veterans Issues

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  1. Beretverde says:

    I am proud that our country continues to do the honorable thing for our fallen. Welcome home Cpl Wax from a humbled citizen.

  2. Hondo says:

    Welcome home, my elder brother-in-arms. You can rest in peace now – at home.

  3. Dai Uy says:

    What guys do you believe were left in Viet Nam? It’s a myth! In the four decades since Operation Homecoming there has been no, none, zero, ziltch, credible evidence that anyone was left behind.

  4. OWB says:

    You are welcome to believe whatever you want to believe based upon whatever criteria you wish to use, Dai Uy. You will kindly allow the rest of us to do the same.

    Just because sKerry and McCain declared it a non-issue does not make it so. One place to do some fact checking is here:

  5. DR_BRETT says:

    House Of Senators JFKerry and JMcCain may !@#$%^^ .

  6. DR_BRETT says:

    Oh No !! — The last two characters were to have been ? (DOWN Arrow Points) .

  7. Enigma 4 You says:

    In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.