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Lest We Forget
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To be forgotten is worse than death.”               --- Freya Crescent (Sometimes even a rat     character in Final Fantasy gets it.)
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Remembering Jacob Krebs (3-13-95 to 4-1-13)

With his parents’ permission, I’ll tell Jacob’s story: Jacob Krebs, 18, died April 1, 2013. He was a senior at Harper high School where he was the school’s mascot, “Stomper”, and played percussion in the band. He ran cross country and track and earned many medals and awards.  He was president of the Doss 4-H Club, active in the Texas Youth Hunt Association, and in the Texas Brigades.  He volunteered as a re-enactor for the Admiral Nimitz Museum’s Pacific War Combat Zone. He was an Eagle Scout with two silver palms and a member of the Order of the Arrow. Jacob enlisted in the US Navy and was training to become a Navy SEAL. He attacked that dream with the same drive he used to accomplish so many other goals. He was practicing holding his breath in the community pool. Tragically, he was alone, and by the time he was found, it was too late. His parents bravely decided to donate his organs to wounded warriors, believing Jacob would have wanted to do so. A Scripture used at Jacob's funeral says, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7) One might say Jacob still lives in the lives of men and women he might have fought alongside, and certainly, in a very real sense, he has saved their lives.
Lest We Forget This tab was created to tell the stories of our heroes...people whose courage went unmarked elsewhere. Maybe the media, or the medal recommendation, didn’t tell the whole story, and you know it falls to you to give it a shot.
The Victims of the Ft. Hood, Texas, Massacre 5 November 2009 Most of us are aware the trial of this monster/traitor responsible for this treasonous act has finished. A military jury sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for killing 13 people during the shooting rampage. He also wounded more than 30 people, some of them catastrophically. 
The dedication of this long overdue monument occured Saturday, March 29, 2014. It was a great time of honoring those who served in the Vietnam War, and remembering the 3417 Texans who died or are still missing from that war. It was a delightful day: beautiful weather, decent speeches, a fabulous, multi-figured statue, and great attendance by the long-worthy and honor-ripened veterans. Which to describe first? That’s easy: the fascinating veterans. The variety: all races, both sexes, mostly older, some much older. There were few in wheel chairs, but I know they exist; perhaps, like my father, they were unable or unwilling to handle the hoopla. As I write this, I wonder how many would not come for the fear the dedication would be done badly, adding insult to injury, or that the attention was all too little, too late.  It was a pleasure to see the spouses/girl/boyfriends, and their support and celebration, and I imagine the years they’ve been frustrated by the judgment and apathy put upon their loved one. The veterans’ apparel presented a veritable History of the Vietnam War with fatigues, dress uniforms (if they still fit), jackets, vests, and caps, bedecked with badges representing a hundred different units, locations, and operations. And man, were they polite. It was their day, and, by God, nothing and nobody was going to ruin it. Regarding the speeches, I took some notes but don’t quote me on them. If you’re really curious, go to the websites. I’m sure the politicians have their speeches laid out somewhere. Here’s some comments I thought worthy or interesting, if not downright gutsy. ‘Course, it has been, uh, more than forty years.
For more about the day, and the actual monument, including an interactive and virtual tour of the monument, go to their official site:
Friends and fellow veterans Tami King and Maggie  Baker, the Veteran Service Officers for Gillespie and Kerr County
More about Ft Hood More Pictures More about VSOs
The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument
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