100-year-old US Marine veteran says country has ‘gone down the drain’

Many Americans feel dissatisfied by the direction their country has taken, with a YouGov poll published late last month reporting that 79% believe it is “on the wrong track.”

That feeling was recently echoed by 100-year-old former U.S. Marine Carl Spurlin Dekel. During an emotional interview, Dekel warned that his nation has “gone down the drain.”

“That’s not what they died for”

“People don’t realize what they have,” Fox News quoted the WWII veteran and Silver Star recipient as saying last week. “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,” Dekel lamented, adding, “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.”

Fox News noted that Dekel’s comments came even as America lost Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last surviving WWII Medal of Honor winner.

“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,” Fox News quoted a statement released by his family as saying.

“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,” it continued.

High hopes

“Veterans in West Virginia knew him as their advocate through his work as a Veterans Service Representative. Gold Star families knew Woody through his work raising money for scholarships and other programs through the Woody Williams Foundation,” it stated.

“We, his fellow Medal of Honor Recipients, knew him as our friend and one of our heroes,” the statement concluded, adding, “We will miss him greatly.”

Like Dekel, Williams expressed concern about the state of America but came away encouraged by the increase in patriotic sentiment he had seen during this year’s Memorial Day.

“It gives me encouragement that we’re coming back and that we will again be that United States of America that had so much patriotism and love of country,” he said in an interview.

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