Melving M. Stueve
War or Conflict: Korean War
Years of Service: 1
Melvin was drafted in to the army on Dec 6th, 1950. He was with the Infantry, 7th Division and saw much action in Korea until Sept 2, 1951, when mortar shell exploded in his foxhole. Melvin and his fellow-soldier each lost both their legs. Fortunately, Melvin remained conscious and applied tourniquets which saved his buddy's life and his. He was presented with the Purple Heart by President Truman while he was in Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. He also received the Bronze Star and 3 Battle Stars. Melvin learned how to walk again using artificial legs and was discharged from the army in 1953. He was married in 1954 and raised 3 children and now has 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He had a successful career as a business manager, ran his own farm until it ran out of water, and retired at the age of 62. He was involved with Lutheran Laymens League, the LLL Rose parade float committee, Lutheran Braille workers, and many other charities. He has a great sense of humor and those who know Mel, can honestly say their is not a more God loving, kind, gentle human they have ever met. He has never let his physical challenge stop him from anything he wanted to do. I am very blessed to have been raised by him, my Hero!
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