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Dwayne Sheffer sacrificed in brutal Korean War battle

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Dwayne Sheffer was hoping to make the Army a career when he enlisted. Then came the Korean War and brutal hand-to-hand combat. He made a big sacrifice. But he says he still feels lucky.

He points out the Distinguished Service Cross among his many medals in a shadow box. He says he earned hit the day he and a couple of fellow Airborne Rangers climbed onto the turrets of a couple of enemy tanks with their hand grenades.

"We got the two tanks and got (our) company out of the hole."

Then there's his Purple Heart, a medal he earned when the Chinese Army overran his company, jumping right into their foxholes, and the brutal fight was on.

"I got in a bayonet fight and lost an eye," he says matter-of-factly.

Sheffer says he was left for dead. But lucky for him it was freezing cold.

"It was in January. And the blood froze on my face and clotted and I didn't bleed to death," he explained.

They got the young soldier to aid and then on to a hospital. Sheffer would get a medical discharge, work various jobs, and play bass guitar in a country & western band on weekends.

Now macular degeneration has robbed him of most of the rest of his vision. But Sheffer says of his life and service, "I'm lucky. I'm lucky. Very lucky. I'm lucky I got out alive. I'm lucky I got a beautiful wife. And I married, she had six children and I love everyone of them. And they do love me. And life has been good enough for me."

Sheffer is a native of Flint, Michigan. When he retired in 2000, he wanted to live where it's warm. So he and his wife relocated to Shreveport where they have a couple of sons. One of them was serving at Barksdale Air Force Base.

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