MADISON, Ala. - Capt. (Ret.) Anthony Koszarsky served on the front lines of the Vietnam War, he has the scars and medals to prove it. He signed up for the United States Marine Corps after receiving word he would be drafted and deployed.
"Before I went into the Marine Corps, I never shot a rifle," Capt. (Ret.) Koszarsky said.
His beloved wife delivered him to Quantico, VA for Officer Candidate School, and the rest is history.
"You got 30 day leave after all your schooling is done, OCS and basic school, and then you went," Capt. (Ret.) Koszarsky said.
Twenty-four year old Koszarsky served in Vietnam for 13 months, assigned to protect the city of Khe Sanh.
"It's scary on some days cause you've never had rockets shot at you or mortars shot at you," Capt. (Ret.) Koszarsky said. "You don`t hear the mortars til they're 10 feet from you."
Koszarsky's courage through the crossfire earned him several awards, including this year's induction into the Hall of Heroes.
"I didn't know anything about the Hall of Heroes," Capt. (Ret.) Koszarsky said. "I don't know how they knew that Tony Koszarsky existed."
Just as the Madison County Military Heritage Commission finds him worthy of such an honor, Koszarsky pays homage to those who never made it home, those who never had a choice.
"The real people that should get the honor like this is the ones that didn't make it back," Capt. (Ret.) Koszarsky said.