Memorial Day, 2012
As you go about your day today, please remember our current and fallen soldiers. Stop for a moment of silence and give thanks to all the men and woman who gave their lives in the pursuit of freedom. Please say a prayer for those who are currently serving our country and pray that god keep them safe.
Remembering my stepfather today, Raymond Gorczany, who served during world war II. He was a combat medic for the Army and served in Japan, Germany and France.
He was only 18 when he enlisted. He was forever haunted by the experience of world war II.
Thank you for helping to save the wounded men on the battlefield.
Thank you for never abondoning the wounded. You helped to save many and you prayed for those who died on the battlefield while you held them in your arms. Many of those boys were your comrades and friends. Thank you for giving comfort and aid.
Thank you for displaying courage under fire. You ran to the battlefield unarmed to assist your fellow soldiers many times under enemy fire.
Oh, Lord I ask for your divine strength to meet the demands of my profession. Help me to be the finest medic, both technically and tactically. If I am called to the battlefield, give me the courage to conserve our fighting forces by providing medical care to all who are in need. If I am called to a mission of peace, give me the strength to lead by caring for those who need my assistance. Finally, Lord help me take care of my own spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. Teach me to trust in your presence and never-failing love. AMEN
The Combat Medical Badge (CMB) was introduced on March 3, 1945, for medical personnel who served with detachments during World War II. The badge was designed to provide recognition to the field medic who accompanied the infantryman into battle. According to the Department of the Army, the medic must have been personally present and under fire, to be eligible for the CMB.
Medics served diligently on the battlefield, at sea, and in the air, demonstrated their compassion on a daily basis for millions of servicemen. The reason for countless medical successes was the speed and skill with which the medics initially treated the wounded.
Thank you to all the U.S. Military for your dedicated service to our country.