Please leave a message for this veteran (a former colonel) in memory care

Hey guys!

I wanted to share a story that touched me and end this post by asking you (no, begging you!!) to drop a comment, thanking this veteran as well.

The story begins by me crossing paths with Sandy Schumacher on Twitter. I didn’t know her and can’t even remember how we crossed paths. She was simply just another reader on just another day. Or so I thought.

But somehow we got to messaging each other and I learned she was a retired cop. That caught my attention and led to additional messages where I soon learned that her Dad was a prior Marine, which clearly got my attention.

She told me he was 91 and in Memory Care now but still doesn’t cut the staff any slack. I laughed about the latter part and we talked more, with me asking more questions about him. From that, I soon learned he retired as a full bird colonel, having served from 1943-1976. His time included combat service in Korea.

Colonel George Robert Scharnberg

At that, I told her that she had to tell the man the next time she saw him that a lowly sergeant from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines sends his regards and that I wanted him to know that I had the highest level of respect for him.

She told me she’d do that and that she knew he’d like hearing such a thing from another Marine of a different generation. And that’s when I got this incredible picture back from him, which completely blew me away.

Sandy told me that her dad said, “Back at ya!”

My reply to her was a little embarrassing, but completely honest. I simply said, “Oh, my word, what an amazing photo!!!! You have no idea how much this made my day!!”

I can’t really explain how that made me feel. It did more than make my day. It warmed my heart that he’d even acknowledge my service, which was nothing compared to his. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve felt that honored in a long time. Not even close.

George Robert Scharnberg serving in Korea as a captain.

I mean, to have a full colonel salute back… A man who served in Korea. A man who distinguished himself enough to reach such a rank — No small accomplishment, by any stretch of the imagination.

Sandy told me that her dad’s head nurse was an Army medic and that he made her dad practice his salutes! There is just something so touching about that for me. One veteran serving a man who had served him years earlier.

At any rate, I will try to end this here because I know all of you are so busy, but I beg of you to do me one thing: please leave a comment below for this man, who’s named Colonel George Robert Scharnberg.

Sandy told me she’d pass the messages along to him during her next visit (when I asked if I could write this post). She also said she was confident it would make his day.Col GRS

So this is what I’m asking. Let’s get her dad a ton of comments. I’m sure it would be really moving for him. I’m sure it would be moving for others, as well.

For those who don’t know, the Korean War was often called The Forgotten War. It received very little public attention, so most of those who served were never rightfully honored.

If you have something touching to add, such as a family member who served in Korea or World War II, or even Vietnam or any other time period, please put that in your comment as well. I’m sure he’d love to hear such specific details.

Just anything you’d like to say to a man who saw too many men die in Korea and who gave this country thirty years of his life.

That’s it. Please. I beg of you. Share a few words with this man and maybe share the message or ask a friend to drop a comment, too. I’d love it if we blew Mr. Scharnberg away with how many comments get dropped. (I also know loads of other veterans will see the comments to him and also be warmed in the process.)

There’s so much pain in the world and we can’t do something about everything, but I think this is a really small way you can touch this man’s life. As well as the Army medic still standing post. (And if you have no idea what to say at all, just thank him for his service and put your name. Or only your first name if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your full name.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell


Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which has remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series has also been picked up by for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thriller, detective series, and World War II story.



40 thoughts on “Please leave a message for this veteran (a former colonel) in memory care

  1. Semper Fi Sir: It is always nice to see articles about other Marines. Each of us donate a little something to the history and traditions of our Corps. We leave something for those that follow to cherish and remember. I salute you sir.
    Thomas E. Kaiser, MGySgt, USMC Ret’d.

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  2. Col. Scharberg, Thank you for your service and the legacy you provided so others, like myself had heroes to admire during my active service as a Marine. Semper Fi

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  3. On behalf of myself (US 2nd Cavalry) and my father (3rd Marines ’43-’44) we would to extend our heartfelt gratitude for your service to our nation. A standard I learned a long time ago and live by to this day – improvise, adapt and overcome. Semper Fi Colonel Scharnberg! God Bless.

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  4. Colonel Scharnberg,
    From one veteran (Vietnam) to another, thank you for your service to our country. My father-in-law who just turned 90 is also a veteran (WWII). My military time will never be forgotten and I am honored to have served my country. God Bless you and your family.

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  5. Dear Dad (Col G. R. Scharnberg, USMC, ret.),
    We’re so proud of you and grateful for your long years of service from WWII, Korea, leading a battalion into Vietnam Nam (’65) and many years of service after that. We salute you!
    Your loving daughter,
    PS Thank you Stan:)

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    1. Debbie, I found this posting and want to reach out to an old friend. Like you, my father was a 3 war and retired after 36 years with USN. Because of men like your father, my brother and I joined the Marine Corps in the early 1970s. Words and actions like respect, honor and commitment define us. Hawaii was full of families like us back then. Hope you and your families are doing well.

      Chris Carroll, Radford 1971 and former USMC.

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      1. Dear Chris,
        Thanks much for your kind words and thanks to you, your brothers and your dad for your service. Impressive family! I see we both graduated from Radford in ’71, small world:)
        Sadly, dad passed on April 1st, peacefully. We’re heading back to San Diego for his ceremony at Miramar on May 2nd. That will be hard, we miss him and especially his humor and can-do spirit. My best to you and your wonderful family and thanks again for your kindness.

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          1. Hi Stan,
            I’m not very ‘blog’ literate, so am happy to have the opportunity to thank you for your original post about dad after your exchange with my sister, Sandy. We read the responses to him at the time and he was very, very moved. You and all who commented were so kind; it meant so much to dad, mom, and all of us. Marines are amazing, as is their bond. Thanks to each and every one of you for your service. Oorah!

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  6. Dearest Colonel Scharnberg:
    Loved reading this article about you and want to thank you for your wonderful service to our country! I know our service men do not get the credit they deserve. But as a mother of a former Marine, I want to let you know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We live in a land of the free because of men and women like you! Thank GOD, HE has left you befell to share your memories with us, which we all love to hear. May GOD bless the remaining days you have left! Again, thank you for serving and standing up for our country! LOVE & PRAYERS! Kathy & Marvin Mitchell

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  7. Thank you, Colonel Scharnberg. Your service is appreciated and will not be forgotten. My husband, also a Korean Conflict Marine Vet, makes sure that our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are familiar with the history and the sacrifices of that era. I am sure that your family and many others will continue the legacy of service to our country. Best wishes, Barbara

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  8. Col. Scharnberg, thank you for your service in the Corps and especially for your time in Korea. You and your fellow Marines helped save an entire nation from death or slavery. 50 million Koreans live in freedom today, thanks to you and your buddies. Well done, Marine. Semperor fi!

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  9. Danah Akin Mitchell (copied from facebook)

    Thank you, Colonel Scharnberg, for your very impressive service. And thank you for being good humored enough to take a moment to inspire my husband (Stan R. Mitchell). He can certainly be quite a difficult customer at times… not because of the Marine thing (Lord, knows I wouldn’t put up with that drama), but because of his tendency to overthink things. Of course that particular skill has come in handy on the creative end of things, but it’s certainly a challenge for me to keep him moving forward all the time. So, again, thank you for the saluting assistance; I certainly need all the help I can get.

    And I’m ever so glad to hear that you continue to serve, keeping those around you in line and marching. That kind of dedication I find to be very refreshing and, quite frankly, much needed. Keep ’em jumpin’, Colonel!

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  10. Col. George Robert Scharnberg,I am so grateful and I thank you for your years of Service in the Military. My Husband served in Korea in 1950/51 and George Robert was his name, also. His Grandson is married to your Granddaughter.
    Thank you Stan Mitchell for writing about the Col.

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  11. Stan (and Colonel),
    Looks to me like another one of those “3-War” Veterans we had in the early days of Vietnam. I can definitely see ribbons from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Would love to know about his Vietnam units.
    The ‘kids’ going to war for the first time were in good hands with leaders like Col. Scharnberg.
    I’ve always given them credit for getting me back home the first time and for setting the example for me to follow on subsequent tours.
    A heartfelt “Semper Fidelis” and thank you.
    CWO-4 (Ret)
    USMC 16 JAN 64 – Present

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  12. Colonel, thank you for serving this great nation of ours, it is Marines like you that kept our beloved Corps together for so many years. Semper Fidelis Sir, and don’t give that Army nurse too much grief. I’m sure that she’ll square you away and quickly. And like Stan, I’m another one of those First Battalion, Eight Marines Jarheads.

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  13. Colonel Scharnberg, thank you for your many years of service. I can appreciate that especially because you are about the same age as my husband was, who served in the Army Air Corp at the end of the WWII.
    I hope your present life is giving you the rewards you deserve!
    Nancy England
    Oak Ridge TN

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  14. Semper Fi Colonel Scharnberg, …thank you for your service sir…I see you retired in 1976 so I’m not sure if we would have crossed paths or not, I was India Do 3/8 2nd Mar. Div in 76 at Geiger and only a Lance corporal…My dad was in Korea in the Army, He never talked much about but in his later years I could pull some things out of him lol he was a tough old boy and he had the highest of respect for the Marines there, as I’m sure you had respect for the Army.. Again sir thank you for your service….Rick Aldrich………Titusville, Fl

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  15. What an amazing story and at 91 years young to still salute and show respect and honor. I am humbled. My father in law served in the Army in Vietnam and he is such an amazing inspiration. Thank you sir for your service to our great country. Thank you for your and your family’s sacrafice. Keep those salutes coming and know you are in my thoughts and prayers from here on out… God Bless You… and Stan thank you my old friend for making sure this great hero got the honor he deserves…

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  16. Col. Please accept my sincere thanks and acknowledgement of your sacrifices to this great nation. You Sir are an inspiration to us all and a stark reminder that MacArthur was wrong: old soldiers (or Marines) do NOT just fade away – not so long as veterans of every generation have breath in their lungs from which to carry on their names.

    From one Veteran to another (though you Sir are a True Veteran!) thank you and welcome home.

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  17. Thank you every for your support of my Grandad!

    Grandad, we are very proud to be your grandchildren and hope all is well in sunny San Diego! Take care!

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  18. Was a young 2/LT in charge of an Ontos platoon attached to 2/9 in 1965. You were a fantastic leader and I am honored to have served in your command.
    Your letter of recommendation (a copy of which I still have) was very instrumental in having me accepted to grad school were I received my MBA.
    Semper Fi, Colonel Scharnberg, and thanks for everything.
    Bud Miller

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    1. @Bud Miller – you weren’t running around south of Chu Lai were you? I remember a bunch of you guys and the Amtrakers churning through the white sand and red mud during the monsoons.

      Semper Fi,

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  19. Dear Colonel Scharnberg, I am proud and honored to “meet” you and send you gratitude and blessings! Hope you will continue to have people send their thanks on this blog and through your loving family. I am a civilian who grew up through 60’s and 70’s. I never would say an unkind word to servicrmen or servicewomen.
    Thank you for your service, Sir!
    Robin O. Cochran x hugs x

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  20. I’m now 75 and was to small to remember my dad coming home on a medical ship, hurt and shell shock. I didn’t get the chance to enjoy a dad as a young boy, but I loved him and he loved me. Time and years helped. With this, I’ve always had respect for the military and understand without a doubt the sacrifice people have made for our freedom. God bless the military and God bless America

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Mr. Williams. You’re absolutely right that most don’t understand the sacrifice. I hope you are well, sir, and please let me know if I can ever be of assistance!



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