The Child Warrior

David Apperson was born into a life of hatred on 3 Sep 1959 at Oregon Health Science University. Due to the fact he was born an illegitament child he was deemed by the State of Oregon to be a juvenile delinquent and a ward-of-the-state the day he was born.

In Nov of 1961, the two year old boy was taken to GITMO Cuba without proper legal documentation by his stepfather who was an active duty Seabee with the U.S. Navy.

A short time after arriving at GITMO, David had both his pinky fingers broken because he accidentally shut a sliding door on a cat's tail, which scratched his stepbrother.

On 22 Oct 1962 David was evacuated from GITMO along with 1702 others due to the global tensions associated with the Cuban Missile Crises. The situation was handled superbly by John F Kennedy, and most importantly, the president's adviser, Dwight D Eisenhower on effective political and military strategy.

During the evacuation, the White House released to the press that all identities of evacuees were properly vetted while evacuees headed toward Norfolk Virginia in four ships, including, but not limited to, the USNS Upshur with roughly 4,000 US Army Rangers originally headed to Panama for Jungle Training.

However, the paperwork of a few of the evacuees had been falsified. This is due to the fact; At least three children had records and documentation modified to show that they were military dependents, whereby, David Apperson (at three years of age) was the youngest of the three. Two are male, and one is female. As of 3 Jan 2021, all three are still alive.

According to US Navy documents released to the media, a small Baptist Church in the state of Texas gathered winter jackets for the children so they could stay warm while spending time in Virginia.

After the crisis was over David was sent back to GITMO with other evacuees and remained there until early Nov 1963.

Due to the stress of the Cuban Missile Crises, David began sucking his thumb at the age of three. As a child, David was constantly whipped and beaten for this action until at the age of five David was beaten so badly with a navy belt and buckle that he had black and blue welts over his entire back and legs.

From five to ten years of age, David endured extremely traumatic abuse:

  • Numerous beatings that left black, blue, and red bruises
  • At eight years old David was locked and chained to a metal bed because he wanted to Tricker Treat on Halloween
  • At 9 years of age, stepfather stabbed David in his left arm (the same arm he was later bayoneted with while serving in the military)
  • He had a bottle of Tabasco sauce poured down his throat while being held down
  • On his 10th birthday (1969) David received a severe head wound by his stepfather which was treated at the Port Hueneme Naval Hospital in Port Hueneme California. Stepfather spent 10 days in jail and was then court-martialed by the US Navy.
From the age of 10-15 David spent time in foster homes, juvenile halls, reform schools, and even a hard labor camp for kids run by the State of Oregon. During this period David even spent three plus months in solitary confinement.

At 12 years old and weighing less than 70 pounds, David put down an armed guard three times his size at the Ventura County Juvenile Facility in Ventura California. David was subsequently kicked out of the state of California and sent back to the state of his birth.

In just a few months back in Oregon David drew a picture for the 'Keep America Beautiful' campaign. He won top prize. However, after being featured in the local paper on 13 Apr 1973 the townspeople realized what the hidden message within the drawing was, and David was in trouble again. He was confined for three months in the Prineville City Jail and sentenced to nine months at MacLaren School for Boys.

He was later transferred to the Tillamook Boys Camp, whereby in just a few short weeks he escaped from the camp where he made the decision to save two other escapees at his own peril. He was sent back to MacLaren and spent two more weeks in solitary confinement.

Six months after his escape David was then sent to the Double T Boys Ranch in Bend Oregon. And shortly after arriving at the boys ranch he became a paid firefighter at 14 years of age. He was also map reader and radio operator for the last teenage crew in the State of Oregon.


Image of David in black hat and another teenage firefighter in summer of 1974.

It was during this summer that David put an X between the eyes of a US Marine.

When David was 15 years old the State of Oregon sent him back to an abusive home situation, whereby an assault is still on record in Crook County Oregon.

Not lasting long in Crook County, David went back to the boys ranch, where he worked as a night counselor at the ranch and a cook at McDonalds to pay his expenses and finish high school, after which he entered military service when he turned 17 years of age.


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Fort Leonard Wood.


It is all true - David was a firefighter, yet did time for another kids arson. He was treated like a criminal, yet he excelled in law enforcement. A hard-core machine gunner, who searched for the answer to peace wherever he travelled. Online or in person.

See article by David on the The Oregon Foster Care System and Incareration Rates.

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Military Duty


In 2013 David Apperson, a word scholar and military veteran, was honored for his service to the nation by congressman Pete Sessions of the great State of Texas.




11 Nov 2013 To PFC David Apperson, a comrade in arms, with sincere thanks for your service on the Korean DMZ and actions as an MP in harm's way.

John K Singlaub
Major General, US Army Retired


4 Jul 2010 During the months of February and March of 1978, Soldiers of B Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry (Buccaneers) were manning Guard Posts (GPs) Collier and Quelette in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) along the North (nK) and South (ROK) Korean border in the vicinity of the jointly ROK/US manned Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom.

During daylight hours Buccaneer Soldiers observed nK activities to ensure the safety of ROK/US soldiers working in the JSA. At night US Soldiers from Collier and Quelette conducted small unit (squad sized) ambush patrols in the two kilometer area between the MDL and the ROK southern boundary fence to interdict nK Ranger Commando teams who were trying to infiltrate the DMZ.

David Apperson was a member of B Company and participated in these operations in the bitter cold of the Korean winter where below zero temperatures were not uncommon.

Stephen Silvasy, Jr (Major General, US Army Retired)
Commander, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry (Buccaneers) from 1976 to 1978


Confirmation Message #1
20 Apr 2009

To: Whom it May Concern
cc: David Wayne Apperson

From: Richard A. Kidd

As noted above, my name is Richard A. Kidd, and the reason I was asked to provide input is because I was First Sergeant of B Company, 1/32nd Infantry (Buccaneers), 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea from April 1977 to January 1978. I served over 33 years in the US Army and retired in 1995, having served the last 4 years as the 9th Sergeant Major of the Army. I am presently a Vice President with GEICO Insurance Company.

David Apperson asked me to provide information about the responsibilities of the Camp Howze Unit Police during that time period. During that time period Camp Howze an outlining camp was occupied by the 1/32nd Infantry Battalion and the 3rd Brigade Headquarters, 2nd Infantry Division. To the best of memory the closet Military Police element was approximately 40 kilometers east of Camp Howze. Thus, the camp gate security and access control were taken care of by the Unit Police. Unit Police were soldiers that were assigned Special Duty for normally 90 days, but some performed for less or longer periods. Because the Military Police were stationed a significant distance away, first responder duties fell upon the Unit Police until the Military Police would arrive and take responsibility.

David Apperson also wanted me to address the types of incidents that a Unit Policeman could encounter during their duties as Gate Security, Access Control and Local Village patrols, especially as a first responder. Their duties for gate security and access control are self-explanatory. They secured the gate by controlling access and preventing any breach of the gate or perimeter in close proximity to the gate.

The easiest way to explain what they did as a first responder is to say that they assumed the same responsibilities and were involved in the same type of incidents as a Military Policeman, with a couple of differences...they did not have the legal authority of a Military Policeman and they were only armed with a Military Police nightstick and handcuffs...and they wore a pistol belt. The idea was for them to contain, to the best of their ability, the situation/incident until the Military Police arrived at the scene. At times that could be an extended period, and they could find themselves in very serious physical altercations---involving thrown beer bottles, chairs and many other things and even more serious situations such as a knife-wielding drunk.

Unit Policeman certainly could find themselves in a precarious and potentially harmful situation. There were cases of Unit Policemen being injured in the line of duty.

I hope this will be of assistance in taking care of this Soldier.

Richard A. Kidd
SMA #9, USA, Retired
VP, GEICO


Confirmation Message #2
27 July 2010

Specialist David Apperson, USA, Veteran

David,

I can confirm that during the period of May 1977 and Feb 1978, B Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry, Third Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division did participate in the following live ammunition combat missions.

Thunderbolt Mission ... reaction force.

DMZ duty on Guard Posts Collier and Quellette ... conducting guard duty, observation post duty, and also conducting combat patrols.

Special Munitions Security Mission

All of these missions are actual live ammunition ... security combat missions. These missions are held in all types of weather from extreme heat to sub-zero weather. And that you were a member of the Company during these missions and were a participant.

Finally, I can certainly validate (even though the statement presented by a former Battalion Commander at the time in question and ultimately retiring as a Major General) needs no validation, the information provided in his statement.

I assumed the duties of First Sergeant B Co, 1/32nd Infantry in May 1977 and departed in Feb 1978 and I ultimately retired as the Ninth Sergeant Major of the Army, having served with Chief of Staff, Army General Gordon R. Sullivan and Secretaries of the Army, Michael P.W. Stone and Togo West in July 1995.

Richard A. Kidd
Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA #9), USA, Retired


As a law enforcement officer for over 25 years, I affirm and attest that the following information is true and accurate to the best of my recollection and belief.

I confirm in this message that PFC David W. Apperson served under my leadership as Squad Leader for Bravo Company, 1/32nd Infantry Regiment 3rd Brigade 2nd Division Camp Howze Korea 1977 - 1978 and that the following events took place:

1. PFC Apperson, while being assigned duty as a Unit Police Officer was on duty at the camp gate when an argument started with three individuals, which resulted in a physical altercation with PFC Apperson; and

2. PFC Apperson was ordered to fire upon a squad-sized unit when we were on assignment on the DMZ; this event was due to miscommunication over passwords. The radios were jammed and the password was misinterpreted from the unit that was conducting patrols. As the unit advanced toward the top of the hill, they were not recognized as authorized personnel without the proper password, and they were fired upon; and

3. While preparing for a parade, the order was to fix bayonets, and PFC Apperson was stabbed with a Bayonet just before our company was to perform at a military parade in Seoul, Korea. He was field-dressed, and PFC Apperson continued in the parade even though later, upon return to the main camp, when taken to the medical facility, it was determined that he needed stitches in his left arm: and

4. Our unit, while going hot at Camp Humphries was called to the DMZ after a helicopter was shot down one mile north inside of North Korea. We were ordered to scramble since we were on the quick strike alert. We loaded up Chinooks and orders were to set a perimeter on the down helicopter. Orders were scratched as we were hovering on the border of North Korea; the co-pilot was captured, so our mission was canceled; and

5. Another incident with a downed helicopter occurred while doing maneuvers. After one-week in the field, the Huey helicopter that was bringing us hot meals crashed in a valley and we were assigned to set a perimeter around that helicopter until relieved by investigators; and

6. As demonstrated by the examples above, duty with the 1/32nd Infantry regiment was at times very dangerous. Our duties included many situations where death or severe injury could occur at any time.

Respectfully submitted,

Carlos Loya,
US Army Staff Sergeant

An old Jewish proverb states he who saves a life saves the world.


David Apperson saved my life !

Jose J. Melendez Ruiz
C Company, 1st Batt 32nd Inf Reg, 2nd Inf Div

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Volunteer Service


25 Dec 2011 - David Apperson, aka, the Word Scholar, receiving special recognition from John Lunkwicz, Past Commander of Post 10454 of the Texas * VFW * for completing 10,000 hours of community service.

14 Feb 2013 - Our Word Scholar helped Military Order of the Purple Heart Recipient John Lunkwicz finance the start of MOPH Chapter 15:13 at the Sweetheart Ball in Grapevine Texas. Membership in the post is now well over 400 members.


22 Sep 2013 - David Apperson was happy to serve as Waterboy for 'Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients' during the convention in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. At the end of the last day the word scholar was humbled by Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch, author of Zero to Hero, who blessed him with his personal Medal of Honor medallion (challenge coin).


Allen James Lynch
Medal of Honor Recipient

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Lynch (then Sp4c.) distinguished himself while serving as a radio telephone operator with Company D. While serving in the forward element on an operation near the village of My An, his unit became heavily engaged with a numerically superior enemy force. Quickly and accurately assessing the situation, Sgt. Lynch provided his commander with information that subsequently proved essential to the unit's successful actions. Observing 3 wounded comrades Lying exposed to enemy fire, Sgt. Lynch dashed across 50 meters of open ground through a withering hail of enemy fire to administer aid. Reconnoitering a nearby trench for a covered position to protect the wounded from intense hostile fire, he killed 2 enemy soldiers at point-blank range. With the trench cleared, he unhesitatingly returned to the fire-swept area 3 times to carry the wounded men to safety. When his company was forced to withdraw by the superior firepower of the enemy, Sgt. Lynch remained to aid his comrades at the risk of his life rather than abandon them. Alone, he defended his isolated position for 2 hours against the advancing enemy. Using only his rifle and a grenade, he stopped them just short of his trench, killing 5. Again, disregarding his safety in the face of withering hostile fire, he crossed 70 meters of exposed terrain 5 times to carry his wounded comrades to a more secure area. Once he had assured their comfort and safety, Sgt. Lynch located the counterattacking friendly company to assist in directing the attack and evacuating the 3 casualties. His gallantry at the risk of his life is in the highest traditions of the military service, Sgt. Lynch has reflected great credit on himself, the 12th Cavalry, and the U.S. Army.

12 Jan 2015 - Sequentially, the word scholar was honored by MoH recipient Robert Maxwell with a second medallion (challenge coin) at a meeting with the Oregon Band of Brothers, a group of veterans and true American patriots.


Robert D. Maxwell
Medal of Honor Recipient

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 7 September 1944, near Besancon, France. Technician 5th Grade Maxwell and 3 other soldiers, armed only with .45 caliber automatic pistols, defended the battalion observation post against an overwhelming onslaught by enemy infantrymen in approximately platoon strength, supported by 20mm. flak and machine-gun fire, who had infiltrated through the battalion's forward companies and were attacking the observation post with machine-gun, machine pistol, and grenade fire at ranges as close as 10 yards. Despite a hail of fire from automatic weapons and grenade launchers, Technician 5th Grade Maxwell aggressively fought off advancing enemy elements and, by his calmness, tenacity, and fortitude, inspired his fellows to continue the unequal struggle. When an enemy hand grenade was thrown in the midst of his squad, Technician 5th Grade Maxwell unhesitatingly hurled himself squarely upon it, using his blanket and his unprotected body to absorb the full force of the explosion. This act of instantaneous heroism permanently maimed Technician 5th Grade Maxwell, but saved the lives of his comrades in arms and facilitated maintenance of vital military communications during the temporary withdrawal of the battalion's forward headquarters.

25 May 2015 - On Memorial Day in 2015 the word scholar recieved his third MoH Challenge Coin by his good friend Wilburn Ross. It was through the encouragement of Mr. Ross, over a period of 15+ years that kept the word scholar on the course of his mission. And yes, the word scholar will forever cherish the moment when Mr. Ross gave him the third medallion.


Wilburn K. Ross
Medal of Honor Recipient

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty near St. Jacques, France. At 11:30 a.m. on 30 October 1944, after his company had lost 55 out of 88 men in an attack on an entrenched. full-strength German company of elite mountain troops, Pvt. Ross placed his light machine-gun 10 yards in advance of the foremost supporting riflemen in order to absorb the initial impact of an enemy counterattack. With machine-gun and small-arms fire striking the earth near him, he fired with deadly effect on the assaulting force and repelled it. Despite the hail of automatic fire and the explosion of rifle grenades within a stone's throw of his position, he continued to man his machine-gun alone, holding off 6 more German attacks. When the eighth assault was launched, most of his supporting riflemen were out of ammunition. They took positions in echelon behind Pvt. Ross and crawled up, during the attack, to extract a few rounds of ammunition from his machine-gun ammunition belt. Pvt. Ross fought on virtually without assistance and, despite the fact that enemy grenadiers crawled to within 4 yards of his position in an effort to kill him with hand-grenades, he again directed accurate and deadly fire on the hostile force and hurled it back. After expending his last rounds, Pvt. Ross was advised to withdraw to the company command post, together with 8 surviving riflemen, but, as more ammunition was expected, he declined to do so. The Germans launched their last all-out attack, converging their fire on Pvt. Ross in a desperate attempt to destroy the machine-gun which stood between them and a decisive breakthrough. As his supporting riflemen fixed bayonets for a last-ditch stand, fresh ammunition arrived and was brought to Pvt. Ross just as the advance assault elements were about to swarm over his position. He opened murderous fire on the oncoming enemy; killed 40 and wounded 10 of the attacking force; broke the assault single-handedly, and forced the Germans to withdraw. Having killed or wounded at least 58 Germans in more than 5 hours of continuous combat and saved the remnants of his company from destruction, Pvt. Ross remained at his post that night and the following day for a total of 36 hours. His actions throughout this engagement were an inspiration to his comrades and maintained the high traditions of the military service.


29 Jul 2012 David Apperson, aka the Word Scholar, was declared a 'Face of Freedom' by the Texas Rangers. This game ended with the Rangers beating the White Sox 2-0.

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