The smell of blood and the scent of cordite used in ammunition — really, the pungent odor of death — stays with you your entire life, said Lionel “Hap” Metivier.Americans have been stepping up to protect our freedom since 1775. They all deserve our gratitude. Some need our help now.
“But it’s not something you’d sit down and say, ‘Son, let me tell you how it affected me,’” said Metivier, 86, a Vine Valley resident, decorated World War II veteran and survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. “We put it on the back burner, but we saw some pretty horrible things.”
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