Thursday, May 01, 2008

My Hero

There is something you probably don't know about me, and that is that I am married to a real, live hero. Jim is a decorated combat veteran of the Gulf War. He courageously served his country with honors, and I am proud to know him. I think it is about time that I give him the recognition that he most definately deserves, right here on my blog.

Jim served in the United States Army in Desert Storm in communications and ground combat. He has been rewarded with medals for his great leadership and the ability to cope effectively with things most of us would have trouble just hearing about. Some of his stories make me cringe - and for those of you who know me, know that that is hard to do.

Last night I was gazing up at his medals hanging on the wall. I decided to take them out of their case and clean everything up. I asked him to tell me about each one. He hesitated a bit, not knowing why I was asking, and also because he doesn't like to talk about it much. He gets embarrassed sometimes when people make a big deal out of it.

I love you, Jim. Thank you for what you did.

Starting at the top left, going from left to right:

1. Good Conduct Medal (self explanatory)
2. Purple Heart (For being wounded in combat - Jim was "gased" with nerve gas from enemy forces.)
3. Bronze Star (for heroism - Jim fed starving Kuwaiti children and then ambushed men who came in to take it away)
4. Army Comendation Medal (for good performance at a duty station)
5. Army Achievement Medal (and I quote: "for saving everbody's ass on a field problem")
6. Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (awared to Jim by the Saudi Arabian Government)
7. Humanitarian Service Medal (for Jim's unit's involvement in "Operation Provide Comfort")
8. Southwest Asia Service Medal (Self explanatory)
9. National Defense Service Medal (awarded for being in the military during a time of war)
10. Another Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (awarded to Jim by the Kuwaiti Goverment)


Ann(ie) said...

awwwww. Very cool. Nicely done my friend. Thank GOD for people like your hubby and I mean that from the bottom of my heart!!

Matt was in the Army as you know. His troop was nicknamed the 'bad news bears'. They were such a travesty that they weren't even allowed to take a team picture with their flag. hehe.

Anonymous said...

He sure looks like a true leader! A guy like that can make you rich working as a high-level manager or something like that in the civilian world.

You are so lucky to be married to a real war hero.

- KS

Crazydogmama said...

Thanks guys.

Yes, I truly am a lucky girl...and Annie, Matt served his country also and you should be very proud of him!! I am!

Ann(ie) said...

I'm proud of him. But, it's also big fat fun to give him shit. ;) And a lot of it.

Crazydogmama said...

that's important too! :)

BriannaNichole said...

Those are awesome, too often we forget to honor our hero. How cute does he look in his uniform?!

Crazydogmama said...

Yes, he is my handsome man! I can't believe he was only 22 or 23 at that time. He received all of those honors at such a young age!