May 20, 2024

Count your blessings

As we approach Christmas I realize many people this year have had a very tough one and I hope and pray things pick up for them and their families.

My buddy had a tough time before the Christmas circa 1950. As a Marine in North Korea, he had the misfortune of getting to the Chosin Reservoir just as 10 divisions of the red Chinese Army decided to enter the war on North Korea’s side and surrounded them. On top of that it was the coldest winter in Korea’s history.

Long story short, they fought their way back and were evacuated to safety, but not before my buddy was wounded. When he got back he told me, “Jack I was more worried about dying from the cold than my wounds.”

After the war he and I went back to school, then he re-entered the military as a lieutenant colonel. He told me a year later, “Jack, that was my best year ever when I got wounded. They sent me home in time for Christmas.”

Let’s all count our blessings this year. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and happy holidays to all.

Frank Slason


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