Joe Ray Courtney was a friend of mine. We went all the way back to junior high. We dated the same girls, and we shared the same passions about things like cars and baseball. When I was on crutches after I broke my leg, he made it his business to help me get around. I never got to thank him properly.
We had all been aware of the growing threat to our Nation posed by the communists in Viet Nam. If they weren't stopped, the entire world would be consumed by an unstoppable wave of communism, and we would all be reduced to one worldwide mass of subservient people in some worker's paradise. We believed every word of it, and why shouldn't we? After all, the government said so.
|Joe Courtney, 1968|
Joe, and those 58,000 other American Patriots, joined the ranks of over a million Americans who died to protect the Dream of Freedom. And it's going on right now, today. They deserve to be remembered and honored for the sacrifice they made.