“It’s hard to tell my story, I walked miles with a bullet in my chest because I did not want to die alone,” said retired Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Glen Lane.

“It’s hard to tell my story, I walked miles with a bullet in my chest because I did not want to die alone,” said retired Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Glen Lane.

Lane is now a Red Cross volunteer at Womack Army Hospital. He started volunteering in 1986 and for over 30 years, he has cumulated over 10,000 logged hours. Yet, this man is not only a veteran and volunteer but also a Fort Bragg legend. He not only served in the Korean War but also Vietnam.

Lane, who is from Tennessee, joined the Army in July 1949. At the age of 18, he was sent to Fort Hood Texas and that is when he was introduced to the Korean War.

“I went to Korea as a teenager. I went with a 400-man infantry battalion, as our mission was to slow the North Koreans down that were coming south until we get more troops over there. Of course, the Korean troops had over 24,000 men coming south and all we could do is shoot and run. We did that for two months without any help,” said Lane.

He talked about the different conditions he experienced while serving and getting injured while in the Korean War.

“I was wounded in September 1950. Enemies would get up close to your foxhole and throw grenades in your foxhole and I was unable to get out in time. There were no aid stations around, so you had to stay on the line,” said Lane.

“I lived in foxholes for eight months and 22 days before I got wounded bad enough I had to be evacuated back to the states. Back then, there was no medics who could come treat you in the foxhole, so I had to wrap my leg up and keep fighting. I got my ass shot off.”

In addition, he talks about the tragedies of having to fight for his life and having to leave injured Soldiers behind while being under attack.

“We got news that we had burned our equipment, load our trucks with the wounded and fight our way back south because the Chinese had come in and they knew we had to come back south. So they were waiting on us with 300,000 men and we had to fight our way back,” said Lane.

“We came to a bridge and we had to leave the wounded there, we could not take them with us. We had to leave them for the Chinese because we had to fight and we couldn’t carry the wounded Soldier and fight.”

In March 1951, he was wounded so badly that he had to be sent back to the United States. He was sent to Fort Pickett, Virginia hospital and after 8 months in the hospital recovering, he was then sent back to Korea and fought until the end of the war.

In 1955 Lane came to Fort Bragg and went to the 82nd Airborne Division. During his service, he received the trooper of the year award out of 10,000 Soldiers in 1961. During the ceremony, he was also promoted to an E7 on the parade field. Then in 1963, Lane joined Special Forces.

“I did Special Forces because it was the best and I wanted to be the best,” said Lane.

He was wounded several times during the Vietnam war, but it was during his last tour when he was severely injured. He had no choice but to medically retire from the military.

“March 1967, I was critically wounded. I was hit with five bullets, one through the chest, stomach, left lung and other places. I am thankful for this American doctor working in the Vietnamese village,” said Lane.

“They recruited American doctors that were not too busy to come and help out the village doctors because it was so many causalities that they could not handle. And this doctor was from Hickory, North Carolina. He saved my life. I lost two ribs, I couldn’t keep half a rib, I was a mess. It took a long time to heal. That’s why I was medically retired in November 1970.”

Lane lost a lot of blood and had to be transferred back to the states where it took him over 15 months to heal.

A couple of years ago, the doctor and he were able to unite in Charlotte, even doing a TV appearance. Unfortunately, the doctor passed away three months ago.

Lane has been awarded the Silver Star, the third highest award a Soldier can receive, the Bronze Star Medal, and a purple heart with four oak leaf clusters because he was wounded four times. He has also been inducted in the Special Forces Hall of Fame.

He has some highlights during his military career at Fort Bragg. Lane met President John F. Kennedy when he visited in 1961. He also helped to reveal the Iron Mike statue.

“I was the master of ceremony for the revealing of Iron Mike. It scared me to death because I had to recognize all the generals that visited, I had to talk in front of so many people, I was scared standing at that podium,” said Lane laughing.

“They have got good equipment, we had nothing. They have good clothes, good everything. We almost froze to death in the Korean War. We did have nothing and in the foxholes, it was 30 degrees below zero but we did our job and didn’t complain about it,” he said when asked how he felt about the current military.

While reminiscing about his past, Lane stated that he thanked the man upstairs because he could have died in the war.

“It’s hard to tell people my story, it’s hard to talk about the people who were under my command in the war who were killed. One time I had a medic who jumped in the helicopter with me when I was wounded. I was trying to get out of the helicopter because I was gasping for air,” said Lane

“I had a bullet in my chest and I just wanted to get air. He sat on me and strapped me down, he saved me. After getting back, getting to the village where the doctors were at, that same medic went back to save others and he was killed. I found out about it later, memories like that are hard to think about.”