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Well it is Memorial Day weekend has the time we remember those who died serving this country and more than forty years ago Gordon house -- Then a sergeant nearly bled to death in Vietnam he says then got on mistakenly.
Saved his life in -- most surprising -- and he tells the story in the book the day god showed up.
And Gordon -- now a Republican delegate from Virginia joins me now from Washington DC with more welcome.
Gordon Beck thank you going to led me here.
It is a pleasure to have you here and and I want to ask you why you why you wrote the book I know this is going to be visible but that's a tribute.
To the fallen heroes but why would why do you want to write.
The write this book.
But actually -- is actually the way it it came about was based on a promise that.
Maybe god as I was being flown out five medevac helicopter.
One of those things that one of those sentences that many soldiers have said and that was god get me through this and I'll do whatever it is you want me to do.
And 45 years later he decided to visit me one warning.
As my wife and -- have a cup of coffee and indicated do you remember that you made that promise and you haven't done and you think -- that's bush started the book.
Actually left the table management.
And went upstairs restore -- riding him about we get a half later it was done and every word was inspired because really truly -- I'm not an -- It is.
-- you were in nineteen year old newlywed and he got drafted.
Probably it's time that was a life changing moment for you did you -- thoughts about -- at that point in your life at nineteen years old newly married.
You know I.
I was raised in the church but the truth of the matter -- I didn't spend a lot of time in church.
Certainly I regret that put the experience I think is -- cause me to make up for those days.
-- -- When you say that god I mistakenly.
Saved your life how do you know was god that saved her life on what happened.
Well -- was my unit was ambushed and I was between our two young -- who had just come with our company.
One -- -- point that day and -- was directly behind me.
When the shooting start in my it'd be the worst firefight that I'd certainly.
Had a role there and started.
-- point man was killed almost instantly.
And talking with the the other soldier.
Try to figure out where the fire was coming from and he told me so you're not turn to our rights ordered up an embankment and he was killed.
Also so actually -- had to use.
This man's body has as cover.
For a few hours until like you get to a safe spot and while that was going -- I had rolled back down all for the trail.
And these angered a distorted to be.
Thrown -- rolled -- on the embankment.
And I watched a morneau watched them go off I watched -- heard him shake the ground.
But none of it touched me and this was about 1010 feet away I -- After that I got up to run.
Were shot first in the left side.
Which got me -- but quite frankly didn't hurt me.
Got up -- on the second time and that's when hit me in the arm left arm and because it damaged nerves and those types of things it was.
It is actually put me down and I couldn't get up.
Very dumb horror would be the blood would just gush from that -- -- and it was just you know on news that.
I just knew I was gonna bleed to death.
Right there -- that trade.
But she didn't and I didn't did you -- you -- -- got to that point.
No I didn't know I don't happen.
I was able -- whole bit further and further our crawl of the week Iraq got authorities kind of -- my head at -- -- But then -- as raised my head to try to lose the more.
There was a bandage.
That was actually laying in the middle of the trail.
Bandied that I needed that -- down to stop the -- And that bandage it could not have come from from anybody but got.
And the folks that were in front of me -- -- harm me or or did now.
And and it just bandages this kind of concealed.
One in these soldiers here I mean -- certainly have one but they're very difficult to open in a very difficult to.
To configure and so.
This -- was already open.
And laying there clean as it could be.
I'm able to grab it put it on the arm and -- of the bleeding and therefore.
You know I believe god put it there and he gave me the strength there and they -- -- safety.
Isn't the Vietnam War was a very ugly war very political war -- thousands of young men died in Vietnam why do you think that you -- -- I suppose 11 of the reasons -- say that I believe was to write this book.
Forty plus years later.
I'm I'm just convinced that god has.
A plan from a life -- this book which is just just one office.
I've then you have greatly blessed myself and my family.
Think Vietnam and so -- You -- open -- -- -- do really well and there -- plans or can these.
Some of the proceeds from the book to get involved in film did some groups wounded warrior project is.
Somehow my priority list what.
I got have to plan for me and I don't think he's quite finished with -- -- -- And your thoughts on this Memorial Day weekend to as we.
Remember those who did die in service to this country.
Yeah in my mind drift back of course to that -- into.
You know all those folks that I served with.
Can't imagine what their parents and while -- and husbands -- through.
-- -- Charlie I'll be thinking about them they have an -- brings back the memory but.
You know assess the book it's a lot easier to deal with -- But every -- -- -- -- country.
During Vietnam and -- actually the right.
He's the world's different the country was different than.
I'll be thinking about -- praying for their families and you know hoping that things for the.
All right I want to thank you so much Gordon -- the book is called the -- god showed up.
It's a wonderful read for a day like today if we can buy today when we are.
Paying tribute to those who have served have given the ultimate.
Sacrifice for the country thank you very much thank you don't.
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