Veteran Of WWII & Korea Laid To Rest After Passing Away At Age 91

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UPDATED: Friday March 28, 2014 7:36 PM

A final salute to an American hero.

Carl Cossin was a veteran of two wars, and a former prisoner of war.

He died this week at the age of 91.
            
10TV spoke to Cossin in 2002, and again in 2003.

It had been decades since he'd stormed the slopes of Italy fighting Nazis in World War II.

"Everyone was gungho in those days to get overseas where the action was," he said.

He faced the carnage and horrors of battle, and lived to tell the tale.

"Carl was a strong person,” said Pastor Mark Bass. “Not just physically, but he was strong emotionally. He was strong of spirit."

He was strong enough to survive three years of battle, and then three years later, re-enlist, just in time for the Korean conflict to become a full-scale war.

"Another war, with a rifle in my hand, again. Another combat- under enemy fire," Cossin told 10TV in 2003.

Again, he survived, only to be captured and put into a Prisoner of War camp.

"Three years, one month, and I think about 4 or 5, 6 days,” he told 10TV in 2002. "When you're captured like that you suffer a lot of abuse at the hands of your captor. And you know, you never know what the next day is going to bring."

"A young man a long way from home, a long way from family, wondering if each day might be your last," said Pastor Bass.

But Carl would live many more days, and tell many more stories.

This week, time did what two wars and countless near-misses could not: silenced Carl Cossin.

He may have retired a Sergeant, but to those who knew him, he earned a much higher rank:

"General Cossin, then you were my hero, today you're my hero, and in the future, you're my hero," said friend William Phillis.

Carl Cossin's artwork of his experiences at war is on display at Mott's Military Museum in Groveport.

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