We didn’t have to communicate to each other the fact that we had to hold the town from being overran by the Vietcong as they were trying to move a 50 caliber machine-gun into the middle of it. We held them off for I would say 15 – 20 minutes before a recoilless rifle shell blew apart the rear wall of the house we were in. I like to think and I do believe that our action saved many Marines their lives that day, although it did cost Jack his.
I believe it is needless to say that the day that Jack died in my arms was the saddest day in my life. One grows to love another when they are that close. In late 1983, I again picked up the drive to produce our memorial. The mood of America had changed and I had come in contact with a group of Vietnam veterans (Vietnam Veterans of America – Wisconsin delegation). Through them, the outstanding network needed to produce this project could be developed. It wasn’t until late 1984 that people started to believe that I was really going to do something and then they slowly fell into place and supported the project.
It is the mission of The Highground to honor Veterans and their families and to educate others about the cost of things - the human cost. It is the vision of The Highground to honor human courage and sacrifice wherever it is displayed without denying or glorifying the pain and suffering of war or of life. it is important to recognize that The Highground is not a war memorial. It is a Veteran's Memorial Park that pays tribute to the dead, and honors the survivors, their service, and their sacrifices. it also pays tribute to the people who supported them when they were away and upon their return. Our website is https://www.thehighground.us.
The Park includes 18 tributes, a museum with changing exhibits, a gift shop and 5 miles of hiking trails to take some time to reflect along the way. The tributes include:WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Military Working Dog, Gold Star, MIA Effigy Mound, Wisconsin Persian Gulf and The National Native American Tribute. Everyone is covered and the honor goes out to all veterans. The Nurses, Liberty Bell, Wisconsin Counties United in Service, WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), The Ascension Doves, Fountian of Tears and the Meditation Garden. Want to see these tributes and sculptures you can view them at
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