A native of Grafton, Wisconsin, Joe Pospichal graduated high school in 1984. The events of 9/11 — along with other incentives — made his military enlistment an easy decision. Joe deployed to Iraq leaving behind a pregnant wife. Working the roads outside the wire would profoundly alter Pospichal’s outlook on life with many nights the longing to be home with the love of his wife gave soothing sanity to life.
Punishing challenges to life, with his wife and two children, would lead to divorce and many regrets for Pospichal. A still-present battle with cancer arose which has gone into remission, but not without trailing health issues — including total double-hip replacement at 36.
From the glorious invisibility of a 20 year old soldier in a combat tanker division, through events leaving scars he could never not have foreseen: today, Pospichal is of positive mind and spirit.
His determination and introspection have him in control of how he views the world and responds. He is certainly a hero of mind and spirit.
Mark Foreman grew up in a patriotic family, but during his teen years developed a strong opposition to the US war in Vietnam. The inevitability of the draft lottery motivated him to avoid combat by enlisting in the US Navy. Unaware the Navy provides medics (corpsmen) to US Marine fighters.
In 1968, Mark arrived in Vietnam as a corpsman. He dedicated himself to his duty and vowed to do everything possible to care for the 82 marines in his company. But no training could have prepared Foreman for the ambush of his brothers-in-arms by 1,500 North Vietnamese Army regulars (NVA).
Eighty percent of his Marine company was killed in the first ten minutes of a battle that lasted six days. Foreman was wounded on the second day and sustained such intense pain he wished only for another bullet to end his life. He laid on the jungle floor for nearly a week with a shattered hip that prevented him from responding to the screams of wounded and dying Marines scattered around him. Foreman’s evacuation from the battlefield marked the end of one war and the beginning of another.
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