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Alfred Rascone/No more subscriptions!

Story ID:3074
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:various various USA
Person:Alfred Mascone
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Alfred Rascone/No more subscriptions!

I have to admit - I am an information junkie! That doesn't sound so bad really - does it? Well, the honest answer would have to be yes and no. If it means that I have more subscriptions to magazines then I can handle, the answer is "yes." But, since Lakewood recycles junk mail and magazines, I can say "no" with a clear conscience. My magazine "clutter" will not end
up in a land fill. It will be recycled or passed along for others to read and enjoy. No, I am not attached to magazines or clutter!

But at 77, I've decided to cancel all further subscriptions to Catholic Digest, Reader's Digest, US News & World Report, Guideposts, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, and Family Circle. Each and every one of them has kept me informed, amused, inspired, and sometimes teary-eyed. But I think I have enough half-read ones to keep me going until it's time to go. Like my 84-year old sister likes to say - she's "checking out." Surprisingly, neither one of us finds this notion threatening. But not surprisingly, it's because we believe in Jesus Christ and His promises to those who follow
the straight and narrow while living on this earth. We believe that heaven is a wonderful goal to aspire for.

U.S.NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Feb. 2000. The page I tore out of this issue makes me think of Mexico and my great disappointment that their governing
bodies always come short on helping their own people. This illegal entry business has caused a wedge between us. I do feel for the poor of Mexico and only wish that they could come into the US legally as did my Slovak forebears- as well as all the other Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Swedish, and a host of other
nationalities who comprise our incomparably beautiful mosaic of brightly colored stones. So when there is talk about making Spanish a second language, I think that is such a disservice to all the other nationalities. Are we rewarding them for coming to America in great illegal numbers? All the early immigrants had to
learn English- period.

But it is with great pleasure that I read about ALFRED RASCONE who was born in Mexico and as per Joseph Galloway in US News & World Report - "gave his all for America and his buddies." The article is titled "Bullets didn't stop him."

In March 1966 Alfred Rascone's platoon of the 173rd Airborne Brigade was rushing to aid a trapped battalion of paratroopers in Vietnam. When he heard the cry of a fallen soldier yell "Medic," Rascone ignored orders and raced forward to the aid of PFC William Thompson, a machine gunner who was wounded on the trail. As
Rasone crawled on top of Thompson to shield him, he was hit by shrapnel from a grenade and took a bullet to his hip. Still he managed to drag Thompson off the trail only to find out that he had died.

When PFC Larry Gibson yelled that he was out of ammunition, Rascone retrieved Thompson's bandoleers for him as two more grenades exploded in Rascone's face. Even as he thought "Oh my God, my face is gone," Rascone saw Pfc. Neil Haffey get hit just as several enemy grenades landed beside him. Again Rascone dropped on
top of the soldier and took the blast.

Rascone had now lost his hearing and was bleeding badly from multiple wounds but he ignored Sgt. Ray Compton's order to retreat to the rear. He could see enemy soldiers edging toward Thompson's machine gun and two boxes of ammo still in the trail. Haffey only saw a blur run by but that blur was Rascone, dragging
the machine gun and ammo to another soldier.

That gun turned the tide, and later Compton put in for a Medal of Honor for Rascone. Sadly, the papers got lost or disappeared. Amazingly, Rascone recovered after months in a Japanese Hospital. When he only received the Silver Star, his platoon mates fought back. And they won. Over 33 years later after that March day in 1966, President Clinton hung the Medal of Honor around the neck of a man who was born in Mexico but gave his all for America and his buddies.

Truly an inspirational story and I know whatever our ethnic backgrounds, we are all proud of this Mexican-American. I think he would be the last to demand special concessions of any kind be made for Mexicans or Cubans --including making
Spanish a second language in America. Wouldn't we be rewarding so many of them who came across our borders illegally?