Horace Nye: Hall of Heroes

"The prisoners were quiet and humble," he recalled. "I don't think that they had yet come to grips with losing the war."

Pete is 82 and is a friendly man who is kind to everyone. Pete was at Pusan during the Korean War, an area that came under several major attacks.

"It was so cold that many men got frostbite," said Pete. "The conditions were horrible; to this day I'm not too fond of cold weather."

Harris, 85, is a retired Lt. Colonel and flew C-46s and C-47s during World War II. In September 1942, Harris boarded a train in Willsboro and got off in Texas. He intended to be a pilot but the Army had another idea in mind. In the end, Harris won his right to fly and completed his pilot training. He shipped out to the Pacific Theater and landed at Okinawa. Harris had a number of close calls during the war including landing in a rice paddy on a return flight from China. After the war, Harris was a lifelong advocate for area veterans and helped many North Country soldiers get what they needed and deserved.

There are many other veterans at the home that gave their all for us and they too deserve our gratitude and our respect. The nursing home is full of American heroes. They were faithful patriots, solid community citizens and now, in their senior years, they hold an important piece of Essex County and national heritage within them. Most are facing health challenges and need our support, and they have earned it. In my mind, the only difference in the residents at the Horace Nye Nursing Home and the rest of us is they are a little farther down the road on life's journey. Remember, all kids count.

Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at hurlburt@wildblue.net

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