Heroes and Martyrs

On My Way

At 19 years old, Jerry Don Harsson arrived to Khe Sanh, Quang Tri, Vietnam.  His friends called him J.P.  He came from Lonoke, Arkansas, a humble town of 2,000 named after a beautiful red oak tree that outlasted the lumber industry; “Loan Oak”.  He landed in Quang Tri shortly before Christmas.  A Baptist, he celebrated the birth of his Savior from the mountains of Vietnam.  Then, a few weeks later, celebrated his own birthday.  It would be his last.

6 weeks later, on February 28, 1969, barely 20 years old, JP stepped on a land mine.   Private First Class Jerry Don Harsson of the US Marine Corp breathed his last.

Earlier that day, he had fastened a tag around his neck.  Amidst the commotion, the tag was lost, probably blown off by the explosion.

45 years later, a young hill-tribe boy, wading in a river, stumbled upon a silver piece…

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