Soldier shares faith during war
POSTED: Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 10:29pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 26, 2014 - 8:25am
(KETK) - Tyler, Tx — The walk along the Vietnam Memorial replica at the Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot was especially emotional for Rodney Skelton as he remembered and honored his fellow soldiers who died in Vietnam.
"One hundred and twenty-nine," Skelton said. "That's a lot of people, that's a lot of people. One of my goals... I wanted to touch every one of them."
Touch every one of them he did, with scripture he was given at age 17 by one special little girl.
"Rodney, to the bravest boy I know stay near to God," Skelton read aloud. "To my favorite brother, love you Rita."
In the end, it was not her big brother she saved, but the men he read to each night.
"I wonder how many didn't make it," Skelton said. "That I'll see again because of this right here. And my baby sister who gave this to me in the fifth grade she'll never know until that day how many men in Vietnam, how many Marines who came to Christ because of this great little girl."
And while he was able to bring so many men to find faith overseas, God needed him to help just a few more.
"Fifty-two of us went up, took a hill and when it was all over, there were eight Marines that survived it," Skelton said. "And I was one of five that walked off that hill."
"That wasn't a coincidence, He had a purpose for my life and He wasn't finished," Skelton said.