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Subject: Re: Goodbye Date: 3/23/2006 11:17 AM
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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.
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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.htm

There'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.html

Smacked 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
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