As my daughter was at work, he wrestled with the trunk and finally got it open. Inside, was paperwork explaining the life of a soldier. LCPL Jerry E Samson, had joined the Marine Corp. in 1969. He served in the Vietnam War for three weeks.
In the trunk, was a Western Union letter to his family, informing them that Jerry had died while serving his country, due to shrapnel to the head. He died on March 18, 1969 along with another soldier. In the trunk was also a certificate of purple heart, a letter signed by President Nixon, and some letters both to and from his family. Amount the letters, was one dated three days prior to his death, to his Mother. He never got to mail the letter.
My daughter had checked the phone book and went on line to check some county court records and was not finding any successful leads to the family. She called the local news, who hadn't returned her call yet. It's now been five days.
I decided to google this young soldiers name, and low and behold, I found Jerry's web page put up by his family.
The comments are obviously outdated, but through the names and a little effort, I have able to find his sister, her address and her phone number.
My daughter called Linda today, who is approximately 65 years old now, and she burst into tears! My daughter lives about 4 blocks from Linda and was able to drive the belongings over to her. Linda expressed her gratitude and how much she, still, missed her brother today.
Linda referred to my daughter as her "angel".
My grandfather (from Scotland) was in the war in Italy, and my very close friend has two daughters (an M.P. and a combat nurse) in Iraq now. Please remember our soldiers. Not weather you agree or disagree with the war itself, but the actual men and women, serving our country and protecting the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. I ask that you remember not only them, but their families, who are sacrificing too ...... for us.