The Warrior’s Code

Five days before Christmas 1943, a helpless American bomber pilot locked eyes with a German fighter pilot over the frozen skies of Europe. The German pilot spared the life of the American, and both men would reunite and become friends 50 years later. Franz Stigler and Charles Brown started the war as enemies, but during a tense wartime encounter, both men discovered a higher call. Click through the gallery to see more examples of military chivalry through the ages.<!-- --></br><!-- --></br>Source: <a href='http://valorstudios.com/a-higher-call-book.htm' target='_blank'>"A Higher Call," by Adam Makos and Larry Alexander</a>

Two enemies discover a ‘higher call’ in battle

My husband had me read this article last night.  Him being a former soldier, this story touched him.  So, I read it.  It made me think about my Dad, and both grandfathers since they were all once soldiers.   Did each of them face this during their time in the military and war?  Did they abide by this warrior’s code? I like to think so.

Both of my grandfathers were World War II veterans.  One served in a tank battalion and fought in Germany; while the other served his tour on the Kodiak Island as he stood on continuous watch for possible imminent attack by Japan.

My Dad was a Vietnam War veteran who rarely talked about his experiences.

My husband is a veteran of the 1st Gulf War, and he’s constantly plagued by nightmares of what happened over there especially to the Kurdish people.

To this day, my Dad refused to buy anything from Vietnam, or eat rice.

My husband…he has a difficult time sleeping at nights and battles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

His own father was also a Vietnam War veteran who served as a gunner in the 101st Airborne.  When he returned, he was a completely different man and not for the better and we’ll leave it at that.

Wars tend to change men.  They’ve seen and done things that we can only imagine (or, don’t want to).  For many, wars destroy the humanity in soldiers.  They return home  former shadows of who they once were.   This is why I believe the warrior’s code exists as this article is a great example of; where soldiers go above the call of duty and commit a seemingly impossible act of mercy.

God bless them.

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