We count ourselves as being fortunate that heroes still walk among us and share our everyday life.
One of those heroes is Bud Soesbee, or should we say Army Staff Sgt. Bud Soesbee.
Sosebee, a heavily decorated World War II veteran, also found time to serve his community as a Rockdale County Commissioner for 12 years.
Last week he was honored for his service by the French government. They presented him with the Legion of Honor, their nation’s highest award for bravery and valor and in appreciation of those that liberated France.
Soesbee has a zest for life and a sense of grace that makes you instantly at ease.
He has earned three college degrees, a pilot’s license, is a musician and a scuba diver.
Soesbee did not go to war to become a hero. He just did right thing at the right time.
He told us that he has had a perfect life. Well, Bud, you have given us a perfect example of what a hero is. We are fortunate to know you and our community is a better place because of your accomplishments and your civic mindedness.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur once said that old soldiers never die. For sure he was thinking of you, Bud.