I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans
Remembering An American Hero
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
MY TRIBUTE AT TRAVELLING WALL IN EL CAMPO JULY 2012
2012 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED
STATES OFFICIAL ENTRY INTO THE VIETNAM WAR.
WE ARE HERE TODAY TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN
WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN VIETNAM. IF THERE
IS ONE THING THIS COUNTRY LEARNED FROM THE
VIETNAM WAR IT IS THAT YOU CAN HONOR THE
SERVICE EVEN IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE WAR
ITSELF. LIKE THE WALL IT IS ABOUT THE WARRIOR,
NOT THE WAR.
ONE OF THE NAMES ON THE WALL IS FRANK MICHULKA,
ALSO KNOWN AS MITCH OR FRANKIE. MITCH LOVED HIS
FAMILY AND FRIENDS, THIS GREAT STATE OF TEXAS AND
HIS HOMETOWN OF EAST BERNARD. BUT BEST OF ALL
HE LOVED ME.
MITCH WAS DRAFTED IN JANUARY, 1967 AND LEFT FOR
FORT POLK JANUARY 30TH WHERE HE SPENT FOUR MONTHS
GOING THROUGH BASIC TRAINING AND TIGERLAND
TRAINING BEFORE COMING HOME IN JUNE ON LEAVE.
WHILE HOME ON LEAVE HE SOLD HIS CAR TO PAY HIS
GAS BILL. EVEN AT 30 CENTS A GALLON IT WAS EXPENSIVE
TO MAKE THOSE TRIPS BETWEEN EAST BERNARD AND
EAGLE LAKE. AND HE HAD ENOUGH MONEY LEFT OVER
TO BUY ME AN ENGAGEMENT RING.
HE LEFT FOR VIETNAM JULY 6TH, I REMEMBER STANDING
ON THE SIDEWALK IN FRONT OF HOBBY AIRPORT WITH
HIS MOTHER WATCHING HIS PLANE DISAPPEAR INTO
THE CLOUDS, BOTH OF US KNOWING BUT NOT SAYING
THAT NOTHING WOULD EVER BE THE SAME. HE WAS
KILLED IN ACTION DECEMBER 20TH, THREE WEEKS
AFTER TURNING 21.
MITCH BELIEVED WITH ALL OF HIS HEART THAT FIGHTING
FOR FREEDOM IN VIETNAM WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
WE AS AMERICANS MUST PASS THIS LEGACY ON TO FUTURE
GENERATIONS SO WE INSURE THAT THE WORDS
GOD BLESS AMERICA WILL ALWAYS BE HEARD, LOUD AND