|Sammy and Dixie are on the right (this is not from last night.)|
The started the evening showing the You Tube video, "Sammy Davis, Medal of Honor, Vietnam." There are a couple of other movies on You Tube:
Dixie was the first speaker, and told of her history, losing her husband, and then making a connection with Sammy Davis. They were friends previous to their spouses both dying from cancer. She also tells the story of Sammy's conversion to the gospel, and it was very touching. They are a cute couple and it was fun to observe their interaction.
Sammy then told the story of his earning the Medal of Honor in much more depth. He basically says he didn't feel like a hero. "I was just doing my job." The story was very touching, but also very personal. After saving his three buddies, Davis thought his work was done, but things happened to let him know he had more work to do. Only after this did he have enough energy to get to shore of the river and get out of the water.
He also told the story of learning to play the harmonica during the war, and always playing the song "Shenandoah" for his Sergeant. He played this for us. It was very moving.
I was emotionally touched by this veteran. He is still out their making himself available for other veterans, lifting them up and being a listening voice. He is also still effected by things that happened so many years ago. He indicated he only sleeps a couple hours at a time, gets up and makes sure everything is OK before going back to bed.