100-Year-Old World War II veteran breaks down over what America has become

| July 3, 2022

World War II veteran, Carl Dekel, breaks down while talking about the current state of the country. (Fox News)

Fox 13 did an interview with Carl Spurlin Dekel, a Marine veteran who served during World War II. During the interview, he talked about the beauty of things in the surroundings, usually what people would take for granted. However, he talked about what the US has become, and how this was not what they fought for.

From Fox News:

Dekel says serving his country in WWII was the most important thing he ever did, according to Fox 13. The veteran and Silver Star holder says he wouldn’t hesitate to put his life on the line again, but regrets that the U.S. has slipped away from what he remembers.

“People don’t realize what they have,” Dekel told the outlet. “The things we did and the things we fought for and the boys that died for it, it’s all gone down the drain.”

“We haven’t got the country we had when I was raised, not at all,” he says. “Nobody will have the fun I had. Nobody will have the opportunity I had. It’s just not the same and that’s not what our boys, that’s not what they died for.”

Dekel’s statements came the same day the U.S. lost the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from WWII. Hershel “Woody” Williams died Wednesday at 98 years old, surrounded by his family at a hospital named after him in his home state of West Virginia.

Williams, also a U.S. Marine, received his medal for heroism from former President Harry Truman during the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

America’s 63 living Medal of Honor recipients honored Williams in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“Friends and family of Woody Williams knew him as a West Virginia farmer’s son and the youngest of 11 children who dutifully supported his family after his father died,” they wrote in a statement through the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. “Fellow Marines knew him as the corporal who volunteered for a mission on Iwo Jima to clear a lane through enemy pillboxes that were destroying American tanks.”

Fox News has the article here. Thanks to Anonymous to mentioning this story.

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Testify, Devil Dog! Not the same Country we grew older in neither. Damn shame our Country was destroyed by domestic enemies. I weep for my Grandchildren.


What’s good and constructive about our country has been destroyed by racial hatred, gender confusion and general stupidity sold as enlightenment. Folk won’t have the opportunities I had (not “privilege”) due to “equity” making responsibility and achievement “racist” and unjust. He’s right.
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I really have no words, can’t imagine going through what he did and experiencing the loss of so many young men all for an ideal that today our country has abandoned. It sickens me thinking of it. God bless him and I hope this recording is seen by millions of Americans and maybe it makes people think about what is happening to our country.


So, here’s my question – my untrained eye sees multiple Silver Star awards. So, I went looking in the Silver Star database. I cannot find his name as being a recipient. Am I mistaken?



A Sgt Carl S. Dekle (not Dekel) is in the file above. Received his Silver Star for action at Cape Gloucester, New Britain on 5 Jan 1944.


Thank you. I must have been looking at an incomplete list.


Saw this one earlier this year. Another WW2 Marine wistfully stating that the lives of his men appear wasted by the political class today. About the last minute of the story. https://www.wmar2news.com/voiceforveterans/101-year-old-wwii-vet-shares-his-experiences-to-inspire-future-servicemembers


Imagine looking down from the top of Mount Suribachi with Old Glory waving from the summit, Marines cheering below so loud you can hear them, the ships sounding their horns in praise…
To having “adult men” in thongs twerking for 5-year-olds and the P-resident thinking its a good thing. It does bring tears to your eyes.


So sickening, it’s spitting on their graves.


To cite Saving Private Ryan… they did not “earn this” nor do they even appreciate it.


P.S. I’ll bet the twerkin’ leftist weirdos said “Sucker!” and laughed at that scene.


Thank you good Sir. And that doesn’t seem enough to me.


What are the qual badges on the far left of his uniform?


Pistol and rifle marksmanship badges.


As Mustang said, rifle and pistol qualification badges. The large badge to his left is a Rifle Sharpshooter badge; the smaller one is a Pistol Marksman badge (aka: “pizza box”). The pistol badge appears to also have several multiple award bars (e.g., Second Award, Third Award) although per current regulations they are only for Rifle or Pistol Expert badges and only one is worn (the current award). Also, marksmanship badges are not worn with medals and are worn over the left pocket, but we’ll cut him a huss since he is who he is.

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I sadly, and regretfully have to say that I couldn’t agree with him more.
Those of us who served from Korea, to Vietnam, to the Cold War in order to keep Communism/Socialism away from our shores feel a sense of betrayal from a generation that seems to be totally UN-grateful for everything they have.
I sometimes wonder why I bothered signing my name on the line.


A betrayal by the far left side of the democrat party pulling the rest of the party farther into communism. Mcarthy wasn’t wrong.


I pretty much spent the 80s deployed with the USN. As a Russian linguist, I was chasing Rooskies all over the Pacific, thinking I was making the world safe from communism.

Little did I know, those commie fucks were in our schools fighting the battle for our kids’s minds. Pisses me off to no end.

If I had it all to do over today, no way would I join. And I won’t recommend it to any young person.

Thank God I’ve got my DD-214!