This Memorial Day, the Spirit of America team and I remember all those who have given their lives to protect the promise of a free and better life. The life that we enjoy today was made possible by the sacrifices of these men and women. Here is one of their stories.
Freddie Stowers was an Army corporal serving in World War I. On September 28, 1918, his company was ordered to assault a German position in the Ardennes region of France. Though heavily defended by the Germans, the American forces advanced, and the Germans communicated their surrender. That surrender was a trap. As our troops drew near, half were killed by German heavy artillery. The lieutenant commanding Corporal Stowers’ platoon went down, followed by other officers.
Stowers was now in command. He led his men and took the first German trench line, then he led a charge against another line of trenches. During the second advance, Stowers was shot twice. Although mortally wounded, he pressed forward encouraging his men to keep going. And they did, successfully driving out the Germans and taking the hill. Freddie Stowers died that day.
Over 70 years later, Corporal Stowers’ bravery was discovered by an Army study, and he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President George H.W. Bush for his heroic actions and supreme devotion to his fellow soldiers.
Spirit of America helps those who serve our nation return home safe and proud of their success. There are, however, a number of organizations that support the loved ones left behind by the fallen. I encourage you to learn more about, and consider supporting, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Semper Fi and America’s Fund, Third Option Foundation, and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).