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.