William D. Port

Birth: October 13, 1941
Huntingdon County

Death: November 27, 1968

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Port Excerpts in Twin River

“I was here when State Senator Sam Hays made the dedication to Sergeant Port.”

“He was First Cav. A grenade landed in the middle of his men. He fell on it.”

“Yeah,” Gene said. “The grenade ripped open his side. Somehow he survived. When the position was overrun, the VC carried him out, gave him medical attention, and fed him monkey meat to get his strength back. He died in a POW camp ten months later. President Nixon awarded him the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously in 1970.”

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“Did you know him?”

“Sergeant Port was just like the rest of us. You would never have known that he had that something extra in him. He saw the danger to his friends and jumped on the grenade. That was real courage.”

“I have a theory about courage, Gene. I think it’s in the genes passed on from generation to generation. Coming out here in the wilderness liked they did, the first settlers had to be brave. It was an act of courage to find food, to carry water from the spring, just to stay alive and protect the family. Only heroes survive the wilderness.” (pg. 166)

A Salute To Veterans

“No one else cared. Why did you two care about me?”

“Oh that’s easy to answer,” Conner said. “It’s for what you did.”

“What I did?”

“You’re like Dad. You fought for my country.” Conner jumped to attention and saluted. “Thanks.”

“Yeah, thanks,” Matt saluted also. Then he began plumping the sergeant’s hand.
(pg. 256)