It was 61 years ago when Bill Creacy landed on Korean soil in the midst of the Korean War.
"I thank the Lord every night that he was able to bring myself back home," said Creacy, 83.
Creacy fought overseas in the U.S. Army for two years. Not a day went by where he did not think about his friends, family and beautiful bride waiting for him back home in the Hub City.
"I oftentimes thought about home and I'd write letters," Creacy said.
In addition to being homesick, the dreadful living conditions did not make his stay there any better.
"I didn't have a cot to sleep on. I slept on ammo boxes and every time one of those firing machines take place I'd bounce up on those boxes," he said.
But it was bravery in the battle zone that earned medals for this true American hero.
Creacy remembers being attacked by artillery shells daily.
"You didn't hardly have time to think about anything except getting into your bunker. We didn't ever know when one of them was going to take us out. But we managed to live through them all," Creacy said.
Creacy got to return home in 1953. Now, 60 years later, he says he would not trade his experiences for the world.
"I always felt like I was successful in defending my country and I was appreciative of that," Creacy said.
Nevertheless, this man who fought in "The Forgotten War," does not see himself as a hero.
"I don't consider myself being a hero. I just consider myself a veteran that was lucky and the Lord was looking after me. I guess he had something else he wanted me to do."