Veteran remembers youth as bugler in war
2017-08-02 16:59:00

Veteran Xu Tingzhu is most proud of the days that can be remembered with a medal.

Xu, 15 years old in 1943, left home in a fit of pique with his mother and joined the New Fourth Army, becoming a bugler in the frontier. “I was too young to be afraid, and had no idea about the cruelty of the battlefield,” Xu said.

Xu was a bugler during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression to the War of Liberation, leading warriors to charge forward with the bugle. The Lianshui Battle in 1946 was the bloodiest one that Xu ever saw. These days, he can still remember the sounds of gunshots, roars of aircraft engines and the bugle calls he sounded.

After the liberation war was over, Xu was assigned to the Nanjing Military Area Command. But he once again volunteered to go to the frontier of the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea. He became an automotive soldier on the Korean battlefield.

Xu was demobilized and returned to his hometown in 1953. Years later, he still can improvise the rhythms of the bugle calls. “Our troops only charge forward and never retreat,” Xu said.

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