Oregonlive - U.S. Navy veteran Dario Raschio was all smiles Saturday as he awaited a special honor from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, who joined him at Portland Community College’s Southeast Campus to present the 100-year-old with a handful of medals. “I feel I’m no hero,” said Raschio, dynamic and spry, before the event. “I don’t accept it as being a hero. I accept it as being a part of my job.” Shortly after Wyden began speaking, though, protesters erupted in the back of the room, shouting “hands-up, don’t shoot!” More than 100 pushed through the doors, banged on the windows from outside and hoisted signs. Raschio and his daughter, Pam Brown of Portland, had a front-row seat to the spectacle. Raschio’s smile faded. Raschio joined the Navy at the age of 27. He piloted observational planes, and was based on the USS Chester. He participated in five campaigns in the Pacific Theatre.One harrowing incident took place on Easter Sunday in 1944. He had been on a mission and took gunfire. When returning to the ship, his plane went down in the ocean and he figured that he and his passenger were likely to die in the water. A Navy destroyer came along a few hours later and rescued the pair, just as sharks were beginning to circle. He then revealed the location of an ammo dump they had viewed from the sky on a South Pacific island. The dump was destroyed. On Saturday, Raschio glossed over the incident. He seemed more concerned by the immediate action he was witnessing. As he grabbed the mic to speak, more shouts came from the back of the room, demanding the military exit from Iraq. The feisty centenarian quickly responded, “Give me a chance” which brought chuckles from the audience. He further chastised the shouters, saying “Let’s show a little respect for this occasion,” to which the crowd applauded. He accepted the medals on behalf of those who died in WWII and ended his short speech by saying, “God bless America. And you people that are here for a cause, whatever it might be—show respect to Sen. Wyden.”
As if I didn’t hate these hippy/homeless/lowlife protesters enough. Now they are interrupting a medal ceremony of a 100 year old Vet who only had his fucking plane shot down in the middle of the Pacific during WWII. Yeah let’s shout “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” at this guy. A legit American hero. I know people probably think I’m exaggerating but there is nothing I would have loved more than for this guy to walk up to these protesters, tell them to put their hands up and say “Don’t Shoot” or else he’ll shoot and then and just shoot them in the face anyway. Seriously I feel like we almost need another World War or another Hitler just so people can see what being evil or hardship is really like.
PS – I love how these protesters just shifted protesting gears and started yelling for the military to exit Iraq when he got up. Such losers. Just serial protesters with no jobs, no accountability and who blame all their loser lives on everybody else. It makes me want to puke that this guy risked his life so these asshole could have freedom of speech.