President Herbert Hoover said, “Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.” Many young men have given their lives in defense of our country. They gave up their tomorrow so we could have our today. But our men who do return home are often scarred with unseen wounds. After being wounded for a second time during World War II, a young soldier wrote his father, “I am not badly injured. But I guess I’m hurt, Pop. Hurt inside, in my brain.”
This is the story of one such man, Harry Lee Heath. Harry, like his father, fought for his country. The difference: the senior Heath was a veteran of World War II and a part of the Greatest Generation. These veterans were welcomed by ticker-tape parades, adoring crowds and the gratitude of generations to come. Upon his return home, Harry was welcomed by protesters carrying signs declaring that he was a baby-killer and dope-head.
Grubb lives in Danville and is a real estate appraiser.