I realize you've had a long weekend with the Victorian Society, but wanted to make sure you are aware that PBS begins a dedicated TV SERIES on the Viet Nam War tonight, Sunday, 9/17. My schedule in Texas shows it running a couple times tonight. I imagine you would want to see this. I have high respect for PBS documentaries -- they prove to be honest, accurate, powerful, and deliver the core message with impact.
I've been thinking of the many GCVS folks participating in Mount Pisgah Speaks today, and I'm certain you have given a fabulous presentation of Digger O'Dell. Thank you, once again, for your input on him when I was in Cripple Creek in August. They are fortunate to have you with the group! I hope being part of this grand, historic society spurs your imagination and brings joy. I wish I lived closer and could participate, instead of just visiting occasionally.
I also thank you for sharing the CDs on the Green Beret S.O.G. Medal of Honor Recipients. To say the least, the stories were jarring and incredible. I had no idea! Learning that each member was sworn to secrecy for 25 years explains the long silence of these remarkable heroes, including you. I'm embarrassed that the conflict occurred during my sheltered, secluded college years, and I was exposed to little of the horrors of the war since I had no family or close friends involved. You've certainly brought them to focus in a powerful way.
I've listened through the stories a couple of times to catch the magnitude of them. I'm left speechless by the sheer bravery and sacrifices of each man, and the tragedies of all involved. I believe you authored the script, and commend you on delivering the stark facts, but also the danger of the assignments and the commitment of the men. This is an outstanding and important work.
I'm left speechless as there's no way to put my reactions and thoughts into words. Simply said, I wish listening to these stories could be mandatory for every U.S. high school and college student, each emigrant entering our country, each protestor, and especially, each politician. These soldiers who put their lives on the line are the reason we are a free country, and that needs to be recognized, understood, and appreciated.
With this, have you told/written your own story? I'm certain it's as powerful as those recorded on the CDs, perhaps even more so, as it's YOUR story. It's obvious that this has become your passion, and for that I thank you, along with the amazing men (and their families) who made the ultimate sacrifice. You have brought them glory and honor.
With that, Keith, I thank you for your remarkable, selfless service and sacrifice. God Bless You, and God Bless The United States of America.
Margie KingMargie King,
This CD will move you--true accounts of American heroes fighting and saving others in the teeth of close combat, skillfully told by a man who's been there. Keith McKim tells the stories of the men who took on impossible challenges and came through them, saving their injured fellow soldiers in the process. These were the real heroes, those who selflessly stepped out for the most difficult missions, the missions that few could accomplish. These are stories that need to be told to anyone facing overwhelming odds and who need to know that there is a way to triumph, that success can be rescued from what seems to be sure defeat, that self sacrifice and service to others does matter, that little may be enough, that hope can inspire to achieve what must be done. With piercing insight and first-hand experience, Keith McKim delivers what America needs to hear. You will be changed by hearing it. ~Norm Steen, Brigadier General (retired)Norm Steen,
Keith motivated and challenged me as I watched him research and develop the stories for speaking engagements. His love and respect for men in these stories rings true in each sentence. His experience as one who was there and led the men allows him to "read between the lines" of the Medal of Honor award citations to put you in their place. I was taught by some the military aviators who took part in the arial side of the battles using scenarios similar to those Keith recounts, but hearing the blow-by-blow accounts filled in the picture and engendered in me unfathomable respect. I think it's such an important work I bought one for my dad, sons, brothers and brothers-in-law for Father's Day.Scott Adams,
Keith McKim bares his life experiences to better mankind. His passion for his country is revealed in his God fearing qualities. His CD is something every American needs to witness. Lastly, his dedication to the freedom we all experience daily is an example we shall never forget...Michael Ensminger,