An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Haynes C. Smith, 83, received the Bronze Star, the nation’s fourth-highest combat award, Sunday from his minister, the Rev. Michael Sluder of Bearden United Methodist Church.
The coveted medal, a bronze star 1 1/2 inches in circumscribing diameter and a red ribbon that is a little more than an inch wide, was 63 years late in coming to Smith.
But what made the receiving even sweeter was the secret his family kept since November when they learned he was eligible for the award.
He didn’t know he was getting the medal until Sunday’s church services.
“The Bronze Star just means everything to me,” Smith said. “I can’t say more than that. I just can’t believe it.”
Thank you sir, for all you have done for us!