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Monday, April 02, 1951
LONG VALLEY ó Folks here found out the other day that they town has a Korean war hero of its own, and now theyíre talking about giving him some kind of memorial. It wonít make any difference to Sandy, though, whether they put up a bronze plaque or what they decide to do. Because Long Valleyís hero, like so man y heroes, is a dead one.
I guess Sandy would be mighty surprised that heís coming in for so much attention in his home town. Just a few years ago, you see, he was what they called a juvenile delinquent.
We donít know all the details, but Sandy was killed by Chinese Communist gunfire while saving the lives of three or four other U.S. Marines in his outfit. He was awarded a medal for what he did, but that was after he was here to wear it.
People in town are proud to take credit for Sandy now. Some of them donít think itís nice to talk about the days when he was a harum-scarum kid always getting in trouble.
But I remember the whole story and I donít think itís disrespectful of the dead to tell it. Itís kind of a sad story.
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