Written on Saturday, June 18, 2011 by Brandon Vallorani
On May 5, 1968, Private First Class Gerald Decker (US Marine Corps) was wounded in action while serving his country in Vietnam. On June 15, 2011, more than 43 years later, Gerald “Jerry” Decker was awarded the prestigious Purple Heart.
Jerry first arrived in Vietnam in December 1967. He recalls the details of the day he was wounded…
We were heading back to base camp after being on patrol… Out of nowhere, the enemy dropped mortars and rockets on the camp…. That’s just what they did… they waited for the patrol to come back to camp. I was hit in the left side of my face.
In addition to being wounded in action, Jerry contracted Malaria while in Vietnam. He returned home in January 1969 with the rank of Sergeant. Like all Vietnam Vets, he returned to face fierce political opposition to the War.
The mainstream media has led most Americans to believe that The Vietnam War was a tragic and dismal failure. Liberals have been telling lies and getting away with it despite the fact that the war was televised at the time and has been the subject of innumerable books and studies.
The truth is, the Vietnam War was the most important and successful campaign to defeat Communism. Without the sacrifices made by soldiers like my father-in-law, and the courage displayed by our military, the world might be a different place.
The certificate that accompanied Jerry’s Purple Heart reads,
To all who shall see these presents, greeting: This is to certify that the President of the United States of America has awarded the purple heart established by General George Washington at Newburgh, New York, August 7, 1782 to Private First Class Gerald L Decker, United States Marine Corps for wounds received in action on May 5, 1968 in Vietnam.
Jerry is a loving father and grandfather of 16 grandchildren. He is one of the hardest-working men I know. He’s a real American through and through and I am proud to be his son-in-law. At a time when our great country seems to be moving toward communism, Jerry’s heroism in Vietnam is a stark reminder that there is still hope for our nation.
I highly recommend that you read The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War. In this book, author Phillip Jennings finally sets the record straight. Jennings, who fought in Vietnam as a Marine pilot and later as a pilot for the CIAs Air America, shatters the near universally accepted myths and politically correct lies that have obscured the truth about what happened in Vietnam for decades.
Special Thanks to Joan Linscheid and Stewart Adams for producing the video of this special event.