For Veteran’s Day, my Mom posted a bio of my Papaw (a WWII vet, and recipient of many honors including the Silver Star) that I’d like to share, but for the sake of anonymity, chose not to. Instead, I’ll share a little about my other favorite veteran, Fred Cherry. Colonel Cherry spent over seven years as a POW in Vietnam. Cherry’s life is the subject of the book, Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam, by James S. Hirsch, author of Hurricane. One of my favorite parts of the book, and a story I’ve heard several times in person, is when Colonel Cherry helped lock a another plane’s landing gear into position with the wing of his fighter in midair. Thats just a small taste of the amazing things Colonel Cherry has done in his life. I just recently reread the book, and can’t recommend it enough. I have the good fortune to work with Fred, and take every opportunity I can to listen to his stories. I actually just finished speaking with him (and helping him replace a printer cartridge), which inspired me to write this post. To observe Veteran’s Day as more than just a day off (and if you live in the DC area – a free concert), I highly recommend checking out his book. And if I’ve failed to interest you in Fred’s book, maybe check out one about Patton or Robert E. Lee.
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