Perhaps you had GI Joe dolls-excuse me-action figures when you were a kid- or your brother did. Did you know that GI Joe was a real man-a Marine who was born in PA of parents who had come from Serbia?
GI Joe named Mitchell Paige a United States Marine was awarded the Medal of Honor for his role in defeating an Imperial Japanese regiment all by himself after all of his fellow Marines had fallen in the fight/action in the Battle of Guadalcanal on October 26, 1942.
The rest of the page are his words and the links to some of the pages on the web. Go there and be inspired again by a Real American Hero.
“I am proud to be a citizen of a nation whose objective is peace and goodwill for all mankind. A nation which has contributed so much for the benefit of peoples all over the world. A nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all. I am proud to be an American. I can never believe it is old fashioned to love our Flag and Country nor can I ever believe it is being square to stand in readiness behind our flag to defend those ideals for which it stands against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Mitch Paige, MOH
“Our history, with its heroes, is a truly necessary foundation for every American boy and girl,” Mitch wrote for fellow MOH recipient Pete Lemon’s 1997 book Beyond the Medal. “Without this knowledge, how can they understand why our nation became the great country that it is today?”
We hope through this modern means of sharing ideas, we can be of some service to others to inspire patriotism and an appreciation for what it means to be an American.
I will never forget listening to the exciting stories of American history in my school when I was a child. I learned all about the men who gave their lives to make this country free. We had to memorize all the great documents, such as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and John Adam’s magnificent, spine-tingling speech given on July 4, 1776, in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, when our country was born. I can recite the speech by memory to this day. Every American should and must be familiar with the trials and tribulations experienced by our great Founding Fathers as they established the very bedrock of the United States of America.
This history, with its heroes, is a truly necessary foundation for every American boy and girl. Without this knowledge, how can they understand why our nation became the great country that it is today?” (Above in quotes from Mitchell Paige’s web/bog site)
“G.I. Joe & Lillie” – tribute in song from the Oakridge Boys (Thanks Lois and Pat for sending/sharing this—I’m going to give this one a tissue alert from the heart :)