THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE
As we prepare to celebrate the Independence of our Nation, we find that most people give very little thought as to what it took to keep our Nation free. Throughout the country you will find National Cemeteries dedicated to the brave men and women who have given their all so that you may enjoy your back yard cook out with your friends, family and neighbors this weekend and that extra day off. We are going to tell you the story of a young Oklahoman born abroad to missionary parents who dedicated his life to protecting this Nation and your freedom.
The man we are talking about survived his wounds and went on to serve his country through the Second World War He eventually retired with the rank of Lt. General. The first information we found about this hero was here RootsWeb: HAYS-L [HAYS] HAYS, GEORGE PRICE;Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient WW I. We would urge you to open this link and read about the courage and the dedication this young 1st Lt. displayed at the second battle of the Marne during WW1. It will clearly show that it was his individual courage and fortitude that made that campaign a success. It will also show that it was a miracle that he even survived.
We were also able to find this information on this American Hero George Price Hays - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We once again ask that you open this link and read the impressive history of this man. His service after WWI included commanding the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during WWII. The landings at Normandy and the spring offensive of 1945 in Northern Italy. The man had a very impressive military career. You'll also find his citation for his Medal of Honor here. It reads:
At the very outset of the unprecedented artillery bombardment by the enemy, his line of communication was destroyed beyond repair. Despite the hazard attached to the mission of runner, he immediately set out to establish contact with the neighboring post of command and further establish liaison with 2 French batteries, visiting their positions so frequently that he was mainly responsible for the accurate fire therefrom. While thus engaged, 7 horses were shot under him and he was severely wounded. His activity under most severe fire was an important factor in checking the advance of the enemy,
This is a prime example of the courageous men and women who have given their all to keep this country free.
We found this article during our research 3rd Honor Recipient Reported | News OK. We must admit it came as a surprise as it identified two more Medal of Honor recipients that we had not been aware of. We look forward to being able to tell their stories as well.
We wish you all a Happy 4th of July. We hope that you remember those that fought and sacrificed for you that have allowed you to do so. All gave some, some gave all. Remember to thank a Veteran.