Elderly Carter County Veteran Has Flash Back, Defends Family

Grayson, KY - Some tense moments and relived horrors last night for an 86-year old World War Two veteran in rural Carter County.

Local law enforcement officials say the elderly soldier had a recent operation replacing his pacemaker and had been having "difficulties" ... difficulties that - officials say - included "flashbacks" of his experiences in the Pacific in the early to mid 1940s.

Officials say the elderly man got emotional last night and thought his home had been surrounded by Japanese forces. They say he got his revolver out thinking he needed to defend his home and family.

Someone in the home apparently was able to notify authorities and police responded to the scene. Ultimately they were able to disarm the man and take him to the hospital. Authorities said no shots were fired and no one was harmed. A dispatcher told WKYT, "this is a good man with a good family. He's having a rough time."

WKYT-TV has chosen not to identify the man and his family out of respect for their privacy and for his service to his country.


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  • by Matt on Nov 6, 2007 at 10:56 AM
    Good job Wkyt, and good job for the police in the area. That could have went bad quick, it sounds like it was taken care of the correct way!
  • by Anonymous Location: corbin on Nov 5, 2007 at 12:22 PM
    thank you so much for not posting this man's identity and God bless him and his family! Along with a heartfelt THANK YOU for the service he provided our country.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Nov 5, 2007 at 10:02 AM
    Thank you to WKYT for having the respect for this family and not publishing the name.
  • by Bgb Location: Lexington on Nov 5, 2007 at 06:43 AM
    As a nurse at the VAMC in Louisville, I wholeheartedly agree with the fact that appreciation should be shown for the vets. We try every day to let them know how much we owe them. If you really want to show your appreciation, volunteer at a facility and make their day to see a caring face!
  • by Rob Location: London on Nov 5, 2007 at 06:05 AM
    This man is a hero and done what he thought was right.I too have seen my father have flashbacks and it was scary,especially for him.We need to do more for our veterans and the soldiers currently serving.They have made this country great through their sacrifice and dedication.He was protecting his family from a real enemy.It may have only been in his mind,but he still defended what was his.My prayers are for the mhero and his family.I am sure he is a great man.
  • by Joy Location: Jackson on Nov 4, 2007 at 06:57 PM
    I send my sympathy to this gentlemen and his family. I also think it is great that the media has enough respect for him and his family not to identify him. It is nice to know that someone knows where to draw the line in a world where very few people care for anothers.
  • by me Location: Campton on Nov 4, 2007 at 05:19 PM
    May God bless this man and his entire family. He has given us the utlimate sacrifice - possibly his sanity. God Bless.
  • by Shane Location: Lexington on Nov 4, 2007 at 01:01 PM
    I think it very noble of WKYT to not publish or reveal the name of the brave veteran or his family out of respect for his service to our country. Both of my grandfathers fought in WWII and both had flashbacks later in life where they could almost feel as if they were there again. This is something they cannot help, and the police did the right thing by not shooting him and instead getting him where he can get help, and WKYT did the right thing by not making him into some kind of media freak show. Thank you.
  • by J Location: Kentucky on Nov 4, 2007 at 07:40 AM
    Good for you, WKYT, the man deserves respect and his privacy. I hope that he is able to get the help he needs. These veterans have suffered so much in defense of this country, we owe them more than can ever be repayed. They are the true heroes.
  • by JR Location: Morehead on Nov 3, 2007 at 08:33 PM
    Thank you WKYT for making the right decision and honoring the man's privacy. So many times in today's world it always seems the getting the story is more important than doing what is right.
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