My dad, Tom Summers, served in the U.S. Army in Korea as an Infantry Officer on Heart Break Ridge during the Korean War.
He shared with me and my brothers that he never had to fire his rifle at the enemy during his time on the front lines.
However, one night he could hear the enemy attacking one of the positions, an outpost ridge on the US/South Korean line a few hundred yards away. US/South Korean forces counter-attacked with artillery and more.
He and others waited to see if their point in the line, if their part of the ridge would also be attacked.
The enemy was turned back and never approached his section of the line.
The next day revealed that it had been a significant enemy attack in force. It also, revealed that one of my dad’s close friends, they had gone to YMCA Summer Camp together as youth, had been killed during the attack along with a squad filled with men that my dad had previously led on patrols.
It was their outpost at a point of the ridge that had been attacked.
I offer my thanks to my dad, to my brother, to my brother-in-law and to all of our Veterans on Veterans Day for your service to our country.