In Memory, 2012


May 25, 2012 by David Gillaspie

From the archive of Lauren Jessup

Sgt. Wayne Gillaspie, USMC-Korea, sister Cleo Gillaspie, Sgt. Rex Gillaspie, USMC-Korea, Vietnam

Thank veterans for their service and take a knee on Memorial Day; before then, add more to  your American memory.

Do it by walking into a war memorial and reading a few names; invoke their service and their war.

‘They died fighting,’ you say to yourself, and you’re right.

They fought with guns and bombs and planes and rockets. They used gas and flames and sticks and stones.

As a last resort, they wrestled it out. Maybe there’s a knife, like the match in Saving Private Ryan. That guy lost, but you still win wars with wrestlers.

This is a tribute to all Americans in uniform, not a comparison of lethal attacks, but it’s still good to remember babies kick and punch in the womb; they learn to wrestle later.

Look back on teams you’ve been one, or look around you if you’re on one now, and know it’s a bunch of guys that are capable, very capable.

These are the guys you’d row across the Delaware River with.

Who else would you rather go to Gettysburg with?

Who else would you want to jump out of a trench in France with, or twenty-six years later run up the Iwo Jima beaches with?

These are the guys you’d march to the Yangtze River, or float the Mekong Delta with.

That’s America from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam.

You have my permission to copy this and add your war memories.

–Pfc David Gillaspie, US Army


One thought on “In Memory, 2012

  1. David Gillaspie says:


    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Wayne B. Gillaspie (MCSN: 1132710), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Fire Team Leader of Company B, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 11 September 1951.

    Participating in the attack against heavily defended enemy hill positions when his squad was subjected to sudden and intense hostile small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire, inflicting several casualties, including the squad leader who had to be evacuated at once, Corporal Gillespie bravely moved from man to man through the fire-swept area to assume command of the unit.

    Reorganizing the squad, he skillfully led an assault to overrun the first objective and, after evacuating several wounded men, directed a final devastating attack to completely rout the enemy. By his outstanding courage, inspiring leadership and stout-hearted devotion to duty,

    Corporal Gillaspie greatly aided the company in seizing its objective and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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