You might think winning the Silver Star during World War II would be enough but Dr. Thomas Deas came home to north Louisiana and left a legacy people still talk about.
"I went to get a fellow on the beach and someone saw me do it and I got the Silver Star. I was just doing what I was supposed to do" recalls Dr. Deas.
It was what he had always done; growing up in Arcadia, Louisiana. Dr. Deas was an eagle scout and played football at LA Tech. Then, he went to medical school and then the war.
Thomas Deas lead a group of corpsman and saved lives on the beaches of the south pacific.
"It wasn't because of me, they just went out and got them while they could be saved. Those medics were just something" says Dr. Deas.
Thomas Deas was something; won the Silver Star and rose to the rank of Major.
He only refused a direct order once. When the war ended, Dr. Deas came home to save lives in Homer, Louisiana. He helped start the hospital; delivered the first baby and signed the first death certificate.
Long-time friend Loy Weaver shares a story from J.C. Johnson.
"Those two boys were born and Dr. Deas did it for $25 on credit" says Weaver.
"I don't deliver because I think someone else can do it better than I can" says Dr. Deas.
Dr Deas never lacked confidence. Not even when he was a deacon at First Baptist or when he tried to make Homer better.
Other than medicine, he's also a self trained artist and a poet. A lot of his poetry was for or about the girl he married. Dr. Thomas Deas cherishes the memories of the men he served with.
Dr. Deas says "I just loved them, couldn't help it."
The lives he saved and the thousands whose lives are better because they crossed his way. He has been a mentor to thousands of the most loved men and his goal was to the Lord.
"I spend everything you ever gave me in terms of talent, resources and time to honor you and help my fellow man" says Dr. Deas.
Dr. Thomas Deas is now 97 years-old and lives in Shreveport.