Topic: Interview a Veteran Contest
Essay Written by Arianna Reiley of West Creek Middle School
Soldiers pledge their lives joining the military, knowing that they can expect the worst at war. They join to serve their country to their fullest extent. They join, knowing that they will do their country proud. One of those soldiers includes Mitchell Messer, an E6/Staff Sergeant in the U.S Army. Everybody knows the risks of joining the military. These risks include missing your family, getting hurt, or even worse, seeing your friends die around you. These are all risks that Mitch has taken.
When asked about why he joined the military, he had an elaborate answer. “I felt that it was my duty as an American.” Well, what does he mean? “Our ancestors founded this country on certain beliefs, and I felt it was my duty to share in the responsibility to uphold those standards and beliefs,” he answered.
Essay Written by Seth P. Sitter of Clarksville Academy
Today, I interviewed my grandfather Dr. Leon R. Sitter. During the interview we discussed his service in the Army from 1943-1946.
My grandfather was a staff sergeant of the US 86th Infantry division in WWII, and was awarded a bronze star. He fought at the crossing of the Rhine, marched through Nazi occupied France and Germany, and was one of the approximately 16 million men and women that fought for the allied cause in WWII.
He grandfather enlisted in the army at the age of eighteen, in his home town of Cobden IL. At the time of his enlistment, Cobden was a town of only 1000 people, and almost all of the men of enlistment age were either drafted or enlisted. Out of a town of only 1000, 14 men did not return from World War II.
Essay Written by Kayla Clark of Northwest High School
Veteran, this word means so much to so many people. The dictionary defines it to mean a man or woman who has served or experienced warfare. But to many others it is a hero, a survivor who gave their all defending our beautiful county, securing for us the freedom that we take for granted.
So many men and women gave their lives in the line of duty to keep us safe, and we should remember them for that. But, how many of you stop when you see a veteran, to shake their hand and thank them for their sacrifice. We set aside a day of honor every November to remember and celebrate these men and women who gave everything for us, but very few people actually spend the day thinking about those who we celebrate.
For example not many people know the remarkable Dave Roever.
Essay Written by Maria Boyer of Kenwood High School
At the early age of seventeen, Larry Boyer entered the army as an infantryman. Coming from the small town of Superior, Wisconsin, he had no clue what he was getting into. Security, safety, homely comfort, regular visits with family and friends- he was used to these luxuries. He didn’t know that soon he would be deprived of them. Determined, and self-motivated, the young, inexperienced boy took his chances and began his life as a United States soldier.
Being in the Army required extreme dedication. It consumed so much of his time that there was none left for anything else. Larry would have to work long hours on base, or would be out in the field for days. He wouldn’t be able to see his wife or kids much at all. It didn’t leave ample family time, let alone time for a social life.
Essay Written by Michaela Larson of New Providence Middle School
The military is important. The Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps all work together to keep our country safe. Ever since the attack on September 11th, 2001, our soldiers have been more highly respected and are more essential for our nation to survive. Most of us know at least one soldier. My soldier is my protector. He is my Dad. He joined the military in August of 1998 and has been serving for our country ever since. Some of the things he has sacrificed are time with his family, safety and friends.
My dad, Specialist Zechariah Larson, has been on four deployments for the Army and away from home for a total of over four years. His first time overseas began in March of 2003, when I was almost five. He was gone to Iraq for eight months.
Essay Written by Alayna Pike of Kenwood Middle School
James W. Hooten, the only son of James and Dottie Hooten served and sacrificed for our nation. He is my Great Uncle. He was eighteen years old when he was first drafted, right after he graduated from high school in 1969.
He had to do his training (boot camp) at Fort Knox, then he was sent to Fort Campbell Kentucky for six months, before he had to leave his close family and friends to go in fight in Vietnam War.
He was SP4 field artillery, so he was in the thick of it all! All his life up to this point was spent with his family, so he had to grow up fast. He had no idea what he was getting himself into. He was scared, but he told himself if he wanted to make it home alive. He had to be strong and become a man fast.
Essay Written by Grace Hinson of Clarksville Academy
“On behalf of a grateful nation, this flag is presented to you as a token of appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service,” these were the words spoken to my family by the Honor Guard at my grandfather’s funeral in October 2010. On behalf of a grateful granddaughter in October of 2011, I am showing my appreciation for my grandfather’s honorable and faithful service for my freedom by writing this for him. He served in the seventh infantry, thirty-second regiment, and the first battalion Charlie Company, which was a combat unit during the Korean War.
Essay Written by Connor Haas of Rossview Middle School
“The Army is a lifestyle filled with duty, honor and sacrifice. I knew that when I signed up back in 1988, and I don’t expect it to change after I retire in 2014″ said Lieutenant Colonel Darin Haas. He is an officer in the United States Army that has missed over four years of time with his wife and children because of his service to our nation. He is a Human Resources Specialist that has traveled all over the world in defense of the United States of America.
Lieutenant Colonel Haas deployed four times between March of 2003 and the present day in support of the country’s wars on terrorism. The nation has asked Lieutenant Colonel Haas to leave his family on more than four occasions to deploy to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea in support of their freedom between March of 2003 and March of 2011.
Essay Written by Elizabeth Hickman of Fort Campbell High School
Colonel William Hickman is 50 years old and has obtained 28 years worth of memories in the United States Army. These memories include loss, pain, sorrow, happiness, joy, and pride. He has received a lot of awards for his leadership and perseverance.
Colonel Hickman entered the United States Army at the young age of 22 after graduating from Vanderbilt University.
His first assignment was unforgettable, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
There he was assigned to the Eighty-Second Airborne Division from 1983-1986, as a Platoon Leader. Also, while stationed there, the division visited Puerto Rico for a training exercise. It was not a typical landing either. The division jumped out of planes with parachutes as one of the training drills.
Essay Written by Autumn Brown of Clarksville High School
CW3 Scott A. Schroeder is a great example of a soldier who has served and sacrificed. He entered the U.S. Army when he was twenty years old. He was just a month away from his twenty-first birthday.By entering the Army, he was hoping to tum his life around.
When asked why he chose the Army, Mr. Schroeder stated that he; didn’t want to be on a ship all of the time so the Navy was out, and the Air Force was too picky for him. He was living in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Marines did not really have presence there. He knew he wanted to serve in the military, so he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
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