Much of what American soldiers fought for in World War II “went down the drain,” according to US Marine Carl Spurlin Dekel, who celebrated his 100th birthday last week.
Dekel says serving his country during World War II was the most important thing he ever did, according to Fox 13. The Silver Star veteran says he wouldn’t hesitate to risk his life again but regrets the US has slipped from what he remembers.
“People don’t know what they have,” Dekel told the outlet. “The things we did and the things we fought for and the boys who died for it, it all went down the drain.”
“We don’t have the country we had growing up, not at all,” he says. “Nobody’s going to have the fun I had. No one will have the opportunity I had. It’s just not the same and that’s not what our boys died for.”
Dekel’s statements came on the same day that the US lost the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient. Hershel “Woody” Williams died Wednesday at the age of 98 surrounded by his family at a hospital named after him in his home state of West Virginia.
Williams, also a US Marine, received his Hero’s Medal from former President Harry Truman during the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima.
America’s 63 living Medal of Honor recipients honored Williams in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“Friends and family of Woody Williams knew him as a West Virginia farmer’s son and as the youngest of 11 children who dutifully supported his family after the death of his father,” they wrote in a statement from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. “Fellow Marines knew him as the corporal who volunteered for a mission on Iwo Jima to clear a lane through enemy bunkers destroying American tanks.”
“Veterans in West Virginia knew him as their advocate through his work as a Veterans Service Representative. Gold Star families knew Woody through his work raising money for grants and other programs through the Woody Williams Foundation,” they continued. “We, the other Medal of Honor recipients, knew him as our friend and one of our heroes. We will miss him very much.”
Williams echoed Dekel’s sense of loss during a Memorial Day interview, noting to local media that he hopes for a resurgence of patriotism in the United States
“I’ve probably been there 25-30 times, but I think today we had more honorary wreaths than ever, and that’s encouraging,” Williams told the WSAZ during an event for veterans. “It encourages me that we will come back and once again be the United States of America that had so much patriotism and love of home.”
https://nypost.com/2022/07/03/100-year-old-wwii-vet-breaks-down-says-this-isnt-the-country-we-fought-for/ 100-year-old WWII vet breaks down and says this is not the ‘country we fought for’