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Letters to the Editor - April 12

April 12, 2011

It was a privilege to serve with Medal of Honor recipient



To the editor:

I read with a lot of interest a letter to the editor written by Paul H. Inskeep published in the Feb. 27 edition of The Herald-Mail. The letter dealt with the Battle of Iwo Jima fought during World War II.

This letter brought back some memories I had of an ex-Marine I had served with in the U.S. Air Force after the war.

I was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver where I met a Pvt. Watson, whom I worked with and befriended. Word got around the base that Watson had received the Congressional Medal of Honor while serving on Iwo Jima. Most of the guys took this information with a grain of salt. After all, there have been only a limited number of the awards given to our servicemen.

The story was that Watson was credited with killing 75 Japanese single-handedly during the battle. His outfit had been wiped out in combat and he had taken over several machine gun (emplacements), firing at the enemy until he almost ran out of ammunition. Help finally came up from behind to secure the hill for the Marines, as the story went.

I mentioned this story recently in conversation to a friend who looked this up on his computer. Much to my surprise, he found that a Pvt. Wilson Douglas Watson had received this award for combat on Iwo Jima and the story was true.

Needless to say, I feel very honored to have served with this man who received the highest honor our country can bestow on our combat troops. He has since passed away, but he has given me a true feeling of pride to have known this man.

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