The origin of the phrase – “All gave some; Some gave all.”

All Gave Some, Some Give All phrase and its origin
All Gave Some. Some Give All. is the most popular phrase used on Memorial Day (Photo: Pinterest)

The widely used phrase “All gave some; Some gave all.” is mostly related to the members of the United States military who were wounded or killed in action. You will probably hear it more often around Memorial Day every year, but do you know its origin?

It was attributed to the Korean War veteran and purple heart recipient Howard William Osterkamp from Dent, Ohio. He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953, during which he experienced heavy combat in Korea with his unit, the C Company, 5th Regimental Combat Team. Osterkamp’s unit was stationed at Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky and Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Korea. For his service, Osterkamp was awarded a Purple Heart.

All gave some; some gave all - Arlington cemetery
All gave some; some give all. Now-famous phrase — it was first uttered by Howard William Osterkamp of Dent, Ohio, a Korean War veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart. (Photo: Pinterest/Washington Post)