On Memorial Day, my thoughts turn to my father, French O. Crisp. He entered the Army in 1941 and was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese in 1942 at the time of the surrender of American troops on Batan, Republic of the Phillippines. He survived the long grueling Death March and was returned to the US Military control on September 14th, 1945 at Nagasaki, Japan. His decorations and citations include the Silver Star with Oak Leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Phillippine Defense Medal, The Bronze Service Star, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service with bronze service star, Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star, World War II Victory Medal, and the Distinguished Unit Badge.
I think we all often forget the sacrifice that our military men and women make for our continued freedom and security. Let us never forget them and always take time to thank them for their service.
My father was my hero and sadly passed away when I was 18 years old , in 1969.