In the Winter 2012 issue of ON PATROL, we told the amazing story of Cpl. Ben Kopp and how his donated organs were able to help save the life of a 60-year-old woman he didn’t even know.
Kopp’s name is in the news again. Photojournalist Michael Yon has coined the phrase Kopp-Etchells Effect to describe the glittery halo around rotor blades when a helicopter is landing in thick sand. The effect is named after Kopp and a British soldier named Joseph Etchells. Both men were killed in Afghanistan in July 2009.
On Sunday, Yon and Kopp’s mother – Jill Stephenson – went on Fox and Friends to discuss the effect and why it was named after the two troops.
“What I see in it, even four years later, is the beauty in a tragedy,” Stephenson said. “The way that we perceive things and the way that we look at them – to find the beauty in the tragedy is what helps us survive.”
America paused this past weekend to observe the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, the commemorations made more official with President Obama's proclamation declaring July 27 as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.
"This anniversary marks the end of a war. But it also commemorates the beginning of a long and prosperous peace. In six decades, the Republic of Korea has become one of the world's largest economies and one of America's closest allies," the president said. "So as we mark this milestone, let us offer a special salute to our Korean War veterans. Let us renew the sacred trust we share with all who have served. And let us reaffirm that no matter what the future holds, America will always honor its promise to serve our veterans as well as they served us -- now and forever."
Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral James Winnefeld and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki were among government officials who marked the service and sacrifice of the veterans who fought in the Korean conflict.
For more on commemoration events, including photos, please visit www.dod.gov.