I had not cried yet, but as I write this, the tears are starting to flow. I love you Dad, and I will miss you. Rest in peace and go with God. =============BAMartin, thank you. And here's a sharp salute to your Dad. A brief web search revealed this page on your Dad. He received the Medal of Honor from President Eisenhower on October 27, 1953. See the link here:http://www.medalofhonor.com/DavidBleak.htmThere's good picture of your Dad on the page as well. There's an interesting post about what someone thought about your Dad's actions on this page:http://www.fredschoeneman.com/archives/001230.htmlSmacked their heads together during a bayonet charge. Now, I've been out of the loop nearly two years, but I don't remember the double head smack in unarmed combatives training...that is highspeed soldiering old-timer. Better than that though, he took out two guys hand to hand, then remembered he had a knife and used it on the next guy. Out-friggin-standing.There's quite a bit about your Dad here:http://inghro.state.id.us/museum/Newsletter/3rdQtr2000.htm(Idaho History site)........including a photo of your Dad with Pres. Eisenhower. Your Dad was interviewed for some of the info there. That site also has this tidbit:Then, in 1995, Major General John A. Dubia, Commanding General of Fort Sill Oklahoma bestowed another honor on SGT Bleak.General Dubia owes his life to a combat Medic in Viet Nam and to express his gratitude decided to name the Ft. Sill Troop Clinic in honor of a combat medic. Special permission was obtained; April 20, 1995 was designated as SGT David B. Bleak day; and the new medical facility at Ft. Sill was named the SGT David B. Bleak Troop Medical Clinic.And so there's your infantry. There's your medic. And there's your Sgt. Bleak -forever enshrined in the annals of Idaho's military heroes. David Bleak's medal is one of the 9 accredited to Idaho.Your father was a true hero, and you have every right to be proud of him. I'm sure he was proud of your accomplishments as well!Sincerely,Yoda*Emailed and posted*
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