(Video Credit: Fox 13)
A 100-year-old World War II veteran, U.S. Marine Carl Spurlin Dekel, heartbreakingly wept as he celebrated his birthday last week, claiming that the country he loves and others died for has “gone down the drain.”
Dekel, who served in the Battle of Guadalcanal, won the Silver Star while serving his country and says that fighting for America in World War II was the most important thing he ever did. He wouldn’t hesitate to put his life on the line for her again and grieves over what the nation has become.
Dekel began his interview with Fox 13 by focusing on his well-lived life and the things he appreciates such as nature, going to church, and living to be 100.
“I’ve lived a good life. I’ve had a lot of love, happiness, smiling, telling everybody that everything was beautiful every day,” he warmly stated.
That's Carl Spurlin Dekel. Marine. Won the Silver Star. pic.twitter.com/irrRW4GNxB
— ThatUmbrellaGuy (@ThatUmbrella) July 3, 2022
But then you could hear his heart breaking over what once was and what could have been as the country he loves is destroyed more each passing day.
“People don’t realize what they have,” Dekel, who is from Florida, told Fox News 13. “They b*tch about it. And then nowadays, I am so upset because the things we did, the things we fought for, and the boys that died for it, it’s all going down the drain.”
“Our country is going to hell in a handbasket. We haven’t got the country we had when I was raised, not at all,” he sadly declared. “Nobody will have the fun I had. Nobody will have the opportunity I had. It’s just not the same and that’s not what our boys, that’s not what they died for.”
He ended on a reflective note, stating, “You just remember everything’s beautiful and live every day to the fullest. Just enjoy everything you possibly can.”
This country owes Carl Spurlin Dekel a debt of "gratitude" and a thank you" for his devotion and service to the freedoms and liberty the USA has garnered and kept for over 250 years. I applaud you, Carl. I pray you will once again find the country "our boys' fought and died for"!
— Don Reed (@DonaldReed52) July 3, 2022
As Americans struggle to make ends meet under crushing taxes and regulations, not to mention the politics of those who seem intent on destroying the United States, Dekel’s words ring true.
Inflation has reached a 41-year high and a recession is at our doorstep. Families are struggling to put food on the table and pay bills. Costs are skyrocketing and the price of gas is untenable. Homeownership is out of reach for many and the average American has over $90,000 in debt as opposed to the $2,000 average in 1950.
Morality and religion are bottoming out in our once-great nation. Half of Americans rate the state of moral values in the county as “poor,” according to a Gallup poll.
Dekel’s sober words came the same day that the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from WWII passed on. Hershel “Woody” Williams, who was 98 years old, died on Wednesday with his family surrounding his bedside at a hospital named after him in his home state of West Virginia. He was also a U.S. Marine and received his medal from former President Harry Truman during the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.
(Video Credit: Carry The Load)
America’s 63 remaining Medal of Honor recipients honored Williams in a statement that was given to Fox News Digital.
“Friends and family of Woody Williams knew him as a West Virginia farmer’s son and the youngest of 11 children who dutifully supported his family after his father died,” they said via a statement given to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. “Fellow Marines knew him as the corporal who volunteered for a mission on Iwo Jima to clear a lane through enemy pillboxes that were destroying American tanks.”
Hershel “Woody” Williams, America’s last living WWII #MedalofHonor recipient, passed away this morning at 98. Woody exemplified a life of service through his bravery during the Battle of Iwo Jima, as an advocate for veterans & through the @WWFoundation serving Gold Star Families. pic.twitter.com/ydZzuy171V
— National Medal Of Honor Museum (@MohMuseum) June 29, 2022
“Veterans in West Virginia knew him as their advocate through his work as a Veterans Service Representative. Gold Star families knew Woody through his work raising money for scholarships and other programs through the Woody Williams Foundation,” they noted. “We, his fellow Medal of Honor Recipients, knew him as our friend and one of our heroes. We will miss him greatly.”
(Video Credit: West Virginia International Yeager Airport)
Williams seemed to share Dekel’s sentiments during an interview on Memorial Day, remarking to WSAZ that he hoped to see a resurgence of patriotism in the country.
“I’ve been at this probably 25 to 30 times, but I believe today we had more honor wreaths than we’ve ever had before, and that’s encouraging,” Williams commented during an event. “It gives me encouragement that we’re coming back and that we will again be that United States of America that had so much patriotism and love of country.”
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