WWII Veteran Remembers His Service to Country
MCALLEN - "Thanks to God I never got hurt at all," said Fernando Resendez, 86.
Resendez is happy to see another Fourth of July. It's a day that means a lot to this WWII veteran.
"Oh Fourth of July has always been, I have always like parades, but not to be on them, just to go and look at them," chuckles Resendez.
Resendez fought in many of the deadliest battles in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge.
He still remembers seeing so many lives lost, many of men dying in his own unit.
"The ones that say they are not scared, or they are not praying, they are lying, because I was scared. and at times I was very mad, where I didn't care about killing some Germans," said Resendez.
He said many times the chance of making it out alive seemed impossible. Even his commander refrained from getting too close to those he controlled.
"He said, well I am not going to ask you about you. Because I have to send you to get killed. and that was true," said Resendez.
But Resendez was a lucky o, he made it out of the war alive and uninjured.
"I came back to McAllen and here is where i am going to die," laughs Resendez.
Resendez served two years in the U.S. Armed Forces, a service that earned him several medals. But it wasn't until almost a week ago, 65 years later, that Resendez finally received those medals.
With the help of Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, Resendez was honored with five medals and the bronze stars.
"It made me feel good, I have been trying to get them for many years," said Resendez.
The medals, awards and honored flag are now proudly displayed in his McAllen home; small reminders of history. And seeing these reminders gets Resendez excited about celebrating Independence Day.
"So what are you going to do this year for Fourth of July? Do you have plans?" said Erin Murray, KVEO reporter.
"I will probably go and watch the parade," said Resendez.