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Do it again

Korean War veteran William Larry O’Brien shares service experience
Jade Owens
Korean War veteran William Larry O’Brien talks with reporters Suvwe Kokoricha and Lindsey Hughes.

At home, Sergeant First Class, William Larry O’Brien works to complete a tower of pictures portraying moments of the “biggest part” of his military service in Bangkok, Thailand. 

O’Brien served on the United Nations forces during the Korean war, working in the medical field in areas in Asia and the United States.

He was assigned to work with the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, helping doctors take care of children in the communities; he did this not for him, but for the people and children in those communities

He is unsure of why he remembers places, assignments and people he met, but he knows that he always will. He still remains in contact with many of those “very, very, very good friends,” but many are gone.

In his final assignment at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, United States, he spent 10 years developing vaccines for American troops. He finds himself proud that they did develop a vaccine for Dengue fever, something he enjoyed doing so much that he says he would go back to do again.

In his high school days, people did not support veterans as compared to those in his more recent years. He wonders if the reason was that the people simply did not want to fight. Despite this, he still feels blessed for the support from his family.

He says “you can not know, just how much-,” and stops as tears start to fill his eyes, then proceeds to say a quieter “thank you.”

During his time spent in the United Nations forces in Korea, he met “beautiful” people from many foreign countries. In regards to his time in service, he says “I will do it, do it, and do it again if I can.”

He appreciates the backing and support of the American people. “In the service, it’s the greatest,” he says. He says that the service allowed him to make friends that he will never forget, though some of them don’t come home.

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Lindsey Hughes, Editor-In-Chief
Third time’s a charm, right? Well, let’s hope so because the 2021-2022 school year is the third and final year for senior Lindsey Hughes on TRL. With the inevitable senioritis already in action, Hughes hopes to skillfully perform the duties of Editor-In-Chief and keep this multi-award winning publication at its high standard. On the off chance that she isn’t in the newsroom, you could probably find Hughes playing games with her PAL, hanging in Eairheart’s room or working at Jamba. Hughes is a part of NHS and works as vice-president of COOL club. While she won’t admit it, Hughes loves the thrill of UIL journalism competitions, but her love for writing doesn’t stop there. She is working to hold a creative writing camp in hopes of sharing her love and passion with kiddos. Hughes will stop at nothing to put a smile on others’ face, whether it be through hand written letters or more popularly, brownies on “brownie friday.” With only one more year to enjoy high school, Hughes plans to make the most of it with her friends and family by her side.
Jade Owens, Photographer

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