One of the definitions of a hero is “a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character”
Mercer G. Abernathy was such a person and even though I don’t know him it is with a 100% certainty I can state he was a hero.
I know nothing of this man except for his Army records and a page of his high school year book, and that he was born on December 29, 1924. in Texas
He doesn’t even have a grave because he died in Germany or the Netherlands missing In Action as navigator on a B17 Flying Fortress.
All that he is remembered by is his name on a memorial marker in the Netherlands American War Cemetery in Margraten near Maastricht in the Netherlands.
He died in a foreign land trying to liberate strangers from evil.
At the entrance of American War Cemetery in Margraten there is a text on a building which says
“In Memory of the Valor and sacrifices which hallow this soil”
Earlier this year I visited the cemetery and said a prayer for all of those buried there and remembered there and said a few separate prayers for a few, Mercer Greene Abernathy was one of those few for I owe so much to those men.
Dear Sir I salute you.
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