It seems every other generation has a war to deal with.
Today's wars are fought mainly with electronic gadgets that resemble video
games and images are broadcast real time to televisions across the planet.
It has not always been that way. I came along just after World War II
and many of the men and women who attended Dora High School went to foreign
lands and suffered through unspeakable hardships. It was the same with
Korea when I was a young child. We became involved in the war in Indochina
when I was a teenager and it brought the horror of war into sharp focus.
Every day on the evening news, the anchors told the story in graphic detail
and discussed the body count for that day. It's something I will never
One of those nameless numbers was my friend Ricky Wise. I grew up with
Ricky, he was a few years older, but he was in the same class as my next
door neighbor Joe Plunkett. We played baseball and football in the field
near my home ins Sloss Hollow, a community on the Dora/Cordova road. .
Ricky and his family went to church at Dora Second Baptist.
Ricky, like so many others from Dora stepped up to the challenge and gave
his life so that we can enjoy the freedom that we share today. There are
some that question whether we should have been in Vietnam, but I'll leave
that debate to scholars.
I know this, I am very proud to have known Ricky Wise, and I will not
miss an opportunity to honor him and all veterans.