On Saturday, February 16, 2013 I had the pleasure of taking our grandson (Buddy’s) son to listen to CNN Anchor, White House Correspondent and author Jake Tapper speak at the Savannah Book Festival. Mr. Tapper was speaking about his experiences leading up to and including, the writing The Outpost – An Untold Story of American Valor. (http://www.facebook.com/#!/OutpostBook)
Although Buddy was not stationed at Combat Outpost Keating at the time of it’s attack that faithful day of October 3, 2009 he had been through there and had known some of the soldiers.
Jake chronicles some of Buddy’s heroics in this book. In fact chapter 14 is titled Buddy.
Unfortunately, like our’s, there are thousands of families who have had their lives eternally altered by their loved one being Killed in Action on a foreign battled field. Our American Hero, Sgt Buddy James “Doc” Hughie is but one of the many.
During the question and answer session at Saturday’s Savannah Book Festival a woman asked about the War On Terror as it relates to victory. Further explaining that in WW II some victories were clear. But with the war in Afghanistan there seems to be no victories.
That got me to thinking about Buddy’s role in the War on Terror, and in particular his personal contributions, as it relates to victories.
First, there are the two Afghan Army National Soldiers Buddy was credited for saving their lives. I’d say that is a pretty big victory for those men and their families and friends. Secondly, Buddy was a medic. He volunteered for every mission when/where they would go into villages to inoculate children against diseases. Hundreds upon hundreds of children. Today there are Afghan teenagers alive and well, enjoying their lives because Buddy gave them the gift of life, the prevention of diseases.
The American public, as detached as they are from the horrors of war and how it still effects many of us, may not see victories in a traditional sense of the word. But rest assured, victories do exist in many Afghan families, villages and regions because of American soldiers like SGT BUDDY JAMES “DOC” HUGHIE.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET!