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True measure of devotion
May 6, 2008 - Jody Murphy
Daily readers should be well aware of this weeknd's burial serivce fo Cpl. Robert Mason, an 18-year-old Parkersburg man who perished in the Korean War.
Mason was killed in action, but his body wasn't recovered until 2003. He was laid to rest in Belpre Saturday morning.
Mason died in battle near the Chosin Resovoir in late 1950.
Unlike Pat Putnam a famed boxing writer for Sports Illustrated who claimed to have fought in Korea, been a P.O.W. and earned numerous medals, including the Navy Cross, Mason was actually there.
Guys like Putnam give men like Mason a black eye. It is disgrace Putnam, who died in 2005, wasn't exposed for the liar that he was.
It also a shame the Boxing Writers Association of America has an award honoring Putnam.
The Pat Putnam Award, launched in 2005, honors perseverance in overcoming adversity.
Previous honorees include Ali, honored in 2006 for his struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, and Izzy Burgos, a 2007 recipient who began an amateur boxing career at 12 in 2005.
There's no word yet on whether the BWAA will rename or discontinue the Putnam award in light of the evidence.
At any rate, the fact this man lied for so many years will certainly tarnish his legacy as a writer.
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