Monday, May 28, 2012


A long time ago Far Guy lived across the street from a widow and her children, two boys and a girl.  Their father was a hero…a war hero.

Lloyd Cortez Hawks

The war hero died in 1953.  He received the Medal of Honor in 1945 for rescuing two of his fellow soldiers that were injured.  He drug them to safety under heavy fire, he was wounded, his hip was shattered and his arm dangling..yet he never gave up.

It took 67 years to get a memorial in the cemetery to honor this man’s courage.

Flag coming down


  Finally May 18, 2012 a flag ceremony was held to dedicate the memorial.

Flag folding

The flag was handed to the hero’s daughter Charlotte.

Flag handed to Charolete

She is the only living child, her brothers have both died.

IMG_1361 You can read the Medal of Honor citation here.

Far Guy and I were both very good friends with one of the war hero’s sons Danny Hawks. If he were alive today I am sure he would have been pleased that the people of Park Rapids Minnesota finally gave credit where credit was due.

Thank you to all the soldiers who have fought for my freedom:)

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  1. The memorial will show people there are true heroes and many still live among us.

  2. I knew I could come here for an inspiring post today. God bless all our soldiers.

  3. I really applaud our troops of today but I really feel sorry for our past soldiers that should of gotten our prayers and a lot more recognition than what they did get!

  4. We must stay free and never lose what our family members fought and died for.

  5. We will never forget. Thank you for your post, it's good that the war hero's actions were finally recognized.

  6. Thank you for your post today - we will never forget. In the words from Lee Greenwood's song "God Bless the USA".

  7. Very well said. So glad he got the recognition he deserved. Hope you're feeling better

  8. Thank you for sharing about your hero. Have a peaceful day.

  9. About time! But I'm sure those who knew him and loved him already knew he was a hero. There are so many "heroes and heroines" that go unrecognized and have for a long time but I am grateful to all of them....just the fact that they showed up is courage enough for me! Can you imagine where we would be or are world if they hadn't? Same goes for today! God Bless them all!

  10. How good that the memorial was created and the ceremony held and that the daughter was there.

  11. Inspiring post. I'm sorry the sons did not live to see the memorial.

  12. I hope he received some recognition from his community while still alive....

  13. Thank you for sharing the story behind that memorial. A beautiful tribute.

  14. Thank you for sharing this. I can recall when people wore red poppies in the days around Memorial day to honor Veterans (in Flanders fields the poppies blow...) but I haven't seen anyone wearing one in years. Thank you also for leaving the comment at my blog. It is bizarre sometimes how one can write what one thinks is an post worthy of comment and nobody responds (of course, having only 28 followers might explain that!!).


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