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Sentence | Shōmei
"It's lucky to be alive. ”
In his later years, Toi Logan recalled his experience on the battlefields of Korea and was still a little afraid, and he wrote this sentence at the beginning of his memoir.
Logan was born in a slum in New York, USA, and the children of poor families were in charge of the family at an early age, which added an additional condition to the United States, where the gap between the rich and the poor was huge at that time, that is, the child had to be strong enough.
Logan is one of them.
Although he was often hungry since he was a child, Logan's body genes are much better than his peers, and his huge skeleton makes him stronger than most people, so that Logan is rarely bullied with a pair of fists.
As he grew older, Logan's obsession with boxing grew, he began to train professionally, and continued to enter the ring, and in the 30s of the 20th century, Logan also won the gold belt and became the national boxing champion.
However, Logan, who stood at the top, lost interest in boxing, and he began to feel lost in life, not knowing what it meant to live.
Soon, World War II broke out, in order to find the meaning of life, Logan signed up for the army with the encouragement of his father, and later became a soldier in the famous 1st Cavalry Division.
Logan once again enjoyed the joy of defeating his opponents in the fight, and after the end of World War II, Logan was demobilized and returned to his hometown, he returned to boxing with a long-lost interest, and years of experience in actual combat made his boxing skills more sophisticated, and in 1950, Logan won the All-American boxing competition again, and the two gold belts were enough to make him worry about food and clothing.
However, the successful Logan lost the direction of his life again, he began to hang out in the land of fireworks, and negative news spread all over the world, perhaps to find inspiration again, or to escape the media's questioning, after the outbreak of the Korean War, Logan re-enlisted in the army to fight in Korea.
This time, he thought that with his invincible fists, he would defeat all enemies, and he thought that he could find his purpose in victory after victory.
It's just that the North Korean trip turned his whole life upside down.
The first battle was fought between the United Nations forces and the Korean People's Army, the disparity in firepower between the two sides was too great, Logan followed the troops all the way forward, even if he encountered sporadic resistance along the way, he was quickly suppressed by firepower, Logan rarely had the opportunity to fight hand-to-hand, however, out of celebrity effect, he still won the praise of the superiors of the troops.
In November 1950, Logan's 1st U.S. Cavalry Division's 8th Cavalry Regiment advanced to the Unsan area in northern North Korea and was about to reach the Yalu River.
It's just that one night, Logan, who had just fallen asleep, heard gunshots from outside the camp, he hurriedly got up and picked up the gun and ran out, but the scene outside made him unforgettable for life.
Logan saw a yellow-skinned soldier on the other side of the river charging at his position under artillery fire, the soldier had been wounded in multiple places, blood was flowing, and the bullets of the American army were still shooting at him, but he was still desperately charging.
Logan was dumbfounded, he really couldn't understand how there could be such a deadly person, and soon, he learned that this was the Chinese People's Volunteer Army who had just entered the DPRK.
It's just that Logan didn't have the opportunity to run away, the first time he encountered our army, he faced a heavy encirclement, Logan was already stupid by our army's tenacious will to fight at this time, however, at the moment of life and death, he still chose the most decent way to end the battle.
"I offered to fight them in hand-to-hand combat, and they agreed. ”
Logan, who was much stronger than the Volunteer Soldiers, was a national boxing champion, and he felt that he was sure of victory, but of course, he knew that no matter whether he won or lost, he could not escape the fate of being killed, because American journalists had repeatedly published reports that discredited the image of the Volunteer Army.
It's just that the ending surprised Logan.
In hand-to-hand combat with a volunteer soldier who was much shorter than him, Logan was surprised to find that his fists were always hitting the air and useless, while the volunteer soldier seemed weak, but he was very flexible, and it was also the most practical battlefield fighting technique.
In the end, Logan suffered a crushing defeat and was defeated head-on by a Chinese soldier he once looked down on, and Logan was extremely disappointed, because just a few years earlier, he had seen the Chinese Red Army go to the battlefield with wooden sticks from reports.
Logan has given up completely, waiting for the final moment.
It's just that what shocked him a lot was that the volunteers did not kill him, but gave him good treatment, and the food was even better than that of the volunteer soldiers, which made Logan very incomprehensible, because the volunteers killed people without blinking an eye in the American media reports.
In the later life of prisoners of war, Logan was infected little by little, his thinking also quietly changed, and with the encouragement of our prisoner of war managers, Logan rekindled the hope of life, what is the meaning of life, in the volunteer army, he found the answer.
That is to live well, and to live is the greatest meaning in itself.
Logan learns that the volunteer soldiers are not unafraid of death, but their belief in defending their country is stronger than death, which is why they brave the enemy's artillery fire to advance.
After the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea, Logan was released and returned to his hometown in the United States, this time, he was no longer confused and found the direction of his life.
Logan retired from boxing for good, because he remembered the hand-to-hand combat with the volunteer soldiers, and it didn't mean anything to him to take more belts.
In his later years, Logan went to teach at a school in his hometown, and he no longer used his fists to solve problems, but instead became a kind old man, and his students respected him.
"Living well" is his greatest happiness.
At that time, the soldiers of the Volunteer Army shed their blood and fought bravely with the United Nations Army, but also to let everyone live well, and it is their sacrifice that has made us live a stable life now, and it is our duty to remember history and heroes.