Veteran Dedicated His Life To His Country, Serving In Three Wars

An Honor Flight took 62 veterans to Washington D.C., last week, to see memorials built in their honor.

During that trip, Chief Photojournalist Corey Adkins met an amazing man, a hero, who served his country in not one, but three wars.

WW II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

Here is his story.

“WWII my first ship and we were loaded with munitions that would have been in August of “44 and we unloaded on the beaches of France. I was 16, it was a little rough.”

At sixteen years old, Clint Corpe was serving in the Merchant Marines on the Jonas Lie, which looked similar to these other liberty class ships when he heard a huge explosion.

“When we were coming back and got torpedoed, it was January 9th, we lost our ship. We came out second best to a Nazi submarines, they got us we didn’t get them.”

3 men died that day when a torpedo hit the engine room.

After that he was shipped to the Pacific.

“We were off the coast of Okinawa, we didn’t realize we was waiting but we suspected it, had we gone in there I wouldn’t be here today. Anyway’s we were anchored there when they dropped the bombs and we were mighty happy, dancing on the ships and of course we wanted them to drop a dozen more and sink the damn island but they didn’t do it. I turned 17 in August, the Japanese signed the peace treaty right after my birthday.”

After WWII was over, he came home but another one started. This time he was a Sargent in the army.

“In 1950 the Korean War got started and I got drafted. I was made a scout and was put in a reconnaissance unit and joined the 2nd Recon Company and 2nd Infantry Division in Korea so my job in Korea was a scout and we performed security for the division and patrols.”

Korea is a place he will never forget

“That was probably my war really, even though I have been in 3 that was probably the one I will always remember more.”

Clint earned a Bronze Star with valor during the Korean War, just years later, he again found himself overseas. But now he was older and telling other soldiers what to do in the jungles of Vietnam.

“The hardest thing in the world for an NCO to do, I’m a scout, I’ve been a scout and I’ve managed to survive when you get new people in to tell them to go out into a position that I know if you aren’t careful you aren’t coming back. Two of the best scouts I had, a kid named Donald Block and a Black Foot Indian named Thomas Dog Taking Gun, he was vicious, Gun was but he was a scout and I lost several.”

Three different wars. Fighting for our country without hesitation

Decades later he finds himself on an honor flight with 62 other vets getting the respect and distinction they deserve.

“Seeing the kids that were so outgoing and knowing that their hearts are into what they are doing and I got a pack of letters from kids and they are beautiful. It’s just being with a bunch of old farts that I can associate with was the biggest part for me. I loved every minute of it.”

Veterans sharing stories and memories together.

“It was great the other guys all those heroes that I was with, I’m not a hero believe me, all those heroes are great people they are great people and they deserved everything they got.”

Clint we respectfully disagree with you, you are a hero to us. And to you and everyone who helps keep our country free, these memorials are here for you to remember and reflect and yours to be proud of.

“If you get a chance to go, go. It’s a trip you won’t forget. American people are the greatest in the world you meet a lot of nice people going down there.”

“I’m proud to have been a part of it and I wish all that can go to go and that’s all I can say and with my heart and I mean it.”