Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Harold Weeden of the U.S. Army. Harold enlisted in 1951 shortly after his 18th birthday. He then attended basic airborne training out of Fort Benning, Georgia, and on the same day of his fifth and final qualifying parachute jump, Harold departed for the Korean War.
Harold reported to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team and unpacked their brand new M-1 rifles. While digging-in an advance position, an enemy 76mm recoil-less rifle hit his three-man team. Harold was severely wounded in the abdomen, left arm and left thigh.
After recovering for three months in a hospital, Harold rejoined his unit in Japan and the regimental combat team was sent back to the front lines in Korea until the Armistice was signed in 1953. He finished his enlistment at Fort Benning in 1954.
Harold passed away earlier this year. We honor his service.
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