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Remembering Those Who Served

May 26, 2014, 7:55 AM by Brittany Larson

Remembering Those Who Served

On this Memorial Day Monday many people will be taking the time to honor fallen soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"Hey. How are you doing?" Korean War Veteran, Douglas Cooch said.

During a routine visit to the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, Douglas Cooch took the time to greet some other veterans.

"He was in Afghanistan and Iraq, and I had three grandsons over there at that time," Cooch said.

Cooch is a Korean War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

"They put together a unit called a brigade in Camp Pendleton, and so we got the word on the fifth of July of 1950 we were headed for Korea," Cooch said.

He grew up in a military family, and he was taught at a young age what it meant to serve.

"My Dad was in the trenches of WWI in the Army, so he raised us to be proud of our country, and he was proud of me when I went to Korea and on the 24th of September I was wounded and shot four times and laid in a rice patty for 7 hours before anyone could get to me," Cooch said.

"We come, and we celebrate, and we think deeply about those who have paid the supreme sacrifice that we can be standing here today," Vietnam War Veteran, Terry Mayer said.

Terry Mayer says he can never leave home without his hat.

"I was a combat Vet in Vietnam. I am a life member Vietnam Veterans. This is the 50 year pin as allocated and designated by the Department of Defense. Each pin that has been added has a distinct meaning to it and especially the cross from my granddaughter Lexi,” Mayer said.

For Cooch, today especially is a time when he remembers all of those he served with.

“I go to Memorial Service and I can get through the service real good until they play taps. I consider myself a tough, old marine but that's when the tears start,” Cooch said.

A Memorial Day service will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Minnehaha Veterans Memorial.

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