To the editor:
This letter concerns the recent arrest of Eddie Gumm, a long-time Pine Island resident, as noted in the Eagle, for DUI.
Sometimes, as we all know, a stark arrest report doesn't tell the whole story!
Eddie Gumm is a "True American Hero" in the real sense, having served his country with multiple tours in Vietnam in the '60s. During his voluntary time served as a Marine, he was shot three or four times by the V.C.
Because of his bravery many of his fellow Marines are alive today!
In short as all of Eddie's friends know he's an Island living legend.
As an ex-paratrooper and Vietnam veteran myself, I would have been proud to serve with Eddie in Nam, as I know he would have "had my back," just as I would have had his.
I think his many friends and family would agree that his one misstep shouldn't diminish his many decorations and accomplishments. There is a silent, true warrior in your midst Pine Island. Please respect and treat him accordingly.
In closing, all us Vietnam vets have our demons and indiscretions, etc., we all mean well, as we and Eddie fought for your freedom as well as our own.
Humbled by Ed Gumm
Vietnam '68 & '69, Airborne