Posts Tagged ‘Vietnam War’



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Today is the official celebration of Memorial Day, although the traditional date is actually May 31. Memorial Day is a time off work, the Indy 500, and cook-outs. But, its also a day of remembering those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

I lost three friends in Vietnam. One was shot multiple times by a buddy who was high, the second was an MP who was stabbed in the back trying to break up a bar fight, and the third was a K-9 handler who was a target because he was the only one to control the dog.

Each of these friends laid his life down for the cause of extending freedom. The ugliness of that war did not minimize the extent of their sacrifice. I will remember them today.

Who do you remember who paid the ultimate price for your freedom? Tell us about him/her.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

If you ever visit the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D. C., you can find the name of David F. Kies listed on that memorial. A small diamond is etched beside it to indicate that he died in battle.

But, it is a mistake, for Kies is very much alive. He’s living in Wisconsin with his wife and five children.

David F. Kies did fight in Vietnam and was seriously injured in combat near Saigon. He and his partner were on night patrol when they stepped on a mine. His buddy died immediately; Kies lost both of his legs but survived. He was reported as dead because of an error in some paperwork.

Mistakes like that can happen on military records, but in the most important record, the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev. 21:27) there are no errors. Either your name is in there or it is not. Have you trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Make sure your name is in that book!

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

It starts out small – ankle high. But as you walk along the brick sidewalk, the wall grows higher and higher, listing more and more names. Somewhere along the path the significance of the list became overwhelming to when I realized that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial bears the names of nearly 50,000 young Americans who died in that conflict around 30 years ago. Many of those were High School classmates and Basic Training buddies of mine. Anita couldn’t understand why I couldn’t move on any faster, but the reality of those names being real persons was captivating.

Other lists include the 34,000 GIs who died in Korea and the nearly 300,000 who lost their lives during World War II. The other countries involved in those conflicts also have their lists of people whose dreams and hopes died with them in battle.

Today, as we remember those who gave their lives in defense of freedom, we need to think about a list that gives meaning to life – and death. It’s a list that God keeps. It’s not a register of the dead but a list of the eternal living called the Book of Life. Is your name listed there?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Everyone needs hope.

During the Vietnam War the M.A.S.H. unit took care of hundreds of wounded soldiers. It was the duty of military doctors to diagnose the condition of the wounded.

Nurses followed with a clipboard and tags to put on the toes of the wounded. They were designated as “No Hope”, “Medical Help Needed”, or “Dead”. The doctor determined that one of the men was hopeless and had the nurse tag him “No Hope”, but she heard a faint whisper from him and knelt down beside his cot.

He persuaded her to change the tag to “Medical Help Needed.”

That man lost his leg but recovered and went home to his family and became a productive member of his community.

Hope saved his life. Perhaps there’s someone hopeless in your circle of friends that desperately needs hope today.

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