Vietnam War Memorial and “Lund” Hero WOD
Several PAX from Mint Hill volunteered to help setup the moving wall on Thursday morning. YHC thinks all those involved felt the weight of seeing what felt like a sea of names. These heroes deserve to be remembered and honored. Perhaps we could do a little to help honor their memory. We called a change of venue and rather than the normal spot, met up by the wall. Taking a Hero WOD from a Vietnam era Vet, we Moseyed off into the gloom.
What happened next went something like this:
Mosey to the middle picnic shelter; close enough to see the wall but far enough away as to not distract any that might come to pay respect
- SSH (20x)
- IW (15x)
- Happy Appy (15x)
- Grandpa Jacks (10x)
- Cotton Pickers (10x)
Tha Thang: Hero WOD “Lund”
- Mosey around both soccer fields and down to lower picnic shelter (satisfies the first “run”)
- 12 Pull-Ups
- 24 Kettlebell Swings
- 48 Toes-to-Bars (or knees to elbows)
- 96 Sit-Ups
- 48 Merkins
- 24 Deadlifts (Good Mornings)
- 12 Pull-Ups
- Flag in hand, PAX moseyed around both fields again ending by the wall. PAX planted the flag and respectfully walked the entire wall reflecting on those that gave all.
Captain Lund, thank you for your service!
Former Marine Captain Bob Lund was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1966 and served until 1971, spending nearly a year in Vietnam. During his time in Vietnam, Capt Lund flew over 500 missions as a helicopter gunship pilot engaging the North Vietnamese Army in over 45 fire fights while supporting Marine infantry and reconnaissance units. For his service in Vietnam he received four commendations for valor including the Distinguished Flying Cross.
On October 2, 1968 while doing a low level search for the enemy Lund’s helicopter came under fire resulting in the helicopter crashing into a hill while evading incoming fire. Bob and the other crew members survived although sustaining injuries sending him to Guam for 4 months to recuperate before returning to action. After his time in Vietnam Lund spent the remainder of his time on active duty at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC as a search and rescue pilot. Not only was Captain Bob Lund an outstanding Marine while on active duty but he has continued supporting Marines by working as a volunteer with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for the past 8 years. During the current school year, the MCSF has given over 2,000 needs based scholarships amounting to over $6 million to the children of Marines and former Marines Even the name Lund goes back hundreds of years with the Family Crest of Arms containing the phrase Semper Fidelis.
Although Bob Lund has done more than most he still says “The Marine Corps gave me more than I gave it, and I’m still trying to even the score” which perfectly demonstrates his dedication to the Corps.
- By: Tough Skins
- On October 11, 2019