2nd Lieutenant Bob Middleton received the Silver Star Medal after he pulled one of his men out of danger.
Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Nearly 34,000 U.S. servicemen lost their lives, including 63 Aggies. One College Station man bravely served on the front lines.
Second Lieutenant Bob Middleton is grateful for another day of life. To him, memories of his time serving on the front lines of the Korean War are too fresh for comfort.
"Where we were, I was shot at everyday," Middleton said.
Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Middleton remembers exactly where he was the day history was made.
"When the korean war ended 60 years ago, I was on a ship, the U.S.S. Marine Linx," Middleton said. "I was five days out of Korea when the war ended."
After he graduated Texas A&M University in 1951, Middleton was commissioned into the infantry.
"I went right into action when I went over there," Middleton said.
It wasn't long until he found himself on the front lines of Heartbreak Ridge overseeing 55 men. Decades later, he still wonders how he survived when some of his friends didn't.
"It was sheer luck sometimes," Middleton said. "When you see somebody next to you get shot and killed instantly and you are still standing there you wonder what caused this and it's a difficult thing."
Middleton received several medals for his service, including the Silver Star for going back to save one of his men during a battle.
"The enemy was looking at me," Middleton said. "You were inside the enemy the whole time."
But he doesn't consider himself a hero. "The real heroes are the people who died," Middleton said. "The medals are just something someone dreamed up to make you feel good." The Silver Star is the third highest military decoration that can be awarded to any service member.
Sixty years after the war has ended, Middleton has found himself right where his service to his country started, back home in College Station and most importantly, knows each day is a gift.
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