As we approach Veterans Day we are taking a moment to honor and say goodbye to two veterans we’ve introduced you to over the last year.
Gale Black was a tank commander in World War II. He was injured in battle, earning three Purple Hearts.
“One of those shells hit my tank, it was destroyed completely,” said Gale Black during an interview earlier this year. “Only thing that saved me, what they told me, I was riding above the tank — where you stick your nose out.”
John Monk endured racism and segregation as he served his country — from WWII to Vietnam.
“I made my mind up, I said they treat me like that. They treat everybody like this,” Monk recalled at the time. “I said we’re fighting for the same cause. I said from there on I’m going to be the best soldier in the Army.”
This week’s Veteran Salute is dedicated to the memory of Gale Black and John Monk.
You can tune in to KSN News at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays to hear the stories of Kansas’ veterans.