WWII Marine Veteran Carl Spurlin Dekel was interviewed by news media on his 100th birthday (June 27) last week. He shared about serving at Guadalcanal, one of the bloody battles of the Pacific theater. The holder of several awards and decorations, including the Silver Star, said he’d put his life on the line again if necessary. But when the subject came around to the United States at this point in history, Dekel teared up and became emotional in what is described as a “heartbreaking interview.”
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“Nowadays … I am so upset that the things we did, the things we fought for, and the boys that died for it — It’s all gone down the drain…Our country’s gone to hell in a handbasket. We haven’t got the country we had when I was raised. Not at all.”Marine veteran Carl Dekel
When he expressed his thoughts about the men who died during the battles, he teared up.
“Nobody will have the fun I had. Nobody will have the opportunity I had. It’s not the same. That’s not what our boys — that’s not what they died for.”Marine veteran Carl Dekel
He mourned the fact that the future generations will never know the country as he knew it.
Dekel told the media, as he touched the Silver Star on his chest, that service to his country was the “most important” thing he ever did. He is a proud member of what we call the “Greatest Generation.” There are fewer and fewer of them left, as time moves inexorably forward and its ravages steal them from us. They fought for our nation at a time of great peril, when the fate of the world hung in the balance.
The fate of the world still hangs in the balance, if truth be told.. We can relate to his sadness over what our country has become and what we have lost. But Dekel has an excellent attitude:
“You just remember everything’s beautiful. And live every day to the fullest. Just enjoy everything as much as you possibly can.”WWII Veteran Carl Dekel (Western Journal)
Semper Fi, Carl Dekel. Your service…and your thoughts are still important!
Featured screenshot of Carl Dekel via Fox 13 video
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