Ruben Acosta: 'I don't consider myself a hero, I just done my job, and that's it' (Photo: Headlight File Photo)
DEMING – North Korea is escalating tension on a global scale with unchecked nuclear testing, for one Deming man the daily headlines hit closer to home.
Ruben Acosta served in the Korean War from 1950-54 as part of a United State Air Force Sea Rescue detail. He flew over 85 combat rescue missions in a helicopter behind enemy lines, and knows all too well the horrors of conventional warfare.
“I don’t consider myself a hero,” said Acosta who turns 86 on Sept. 20, 2017, “I just done my job, and that’s it.”
Acosta has been decorated for his service to his country and was awarded two Bronze Stars, Distinguished Medal, National Defense Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
For this service, Acosta has been invited to participate in the Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico. The chapter will fly a group of American veterans to Washington DC to a two-day tour of the nation’s capital, including the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and the World War II Memorial.
Ruben Acosta served in the Korean War from 1950-54 as part of a United State Air Force Sea Rescue detail. He flew over 85 combat rescue missions in a helicopter behind enemy lines, (Photo: Courtesy photo)
“I am deeply honored to have served my country and to have provided the freedoms we now have,” a choked-up Acosta said. “I hope to put Deming on the map.”
Acosta and his comrades will have an overnight stay in Las Cruces before catching a plane in El Paso bound for Washington DC. He will be part of the group from Oct. 4-6.
The Korean War erupted when North Korea invaded South Korea and China joined in the fight by backing the North, with help from the then-Soviet Union.
In the final two years, the conflict became a war of attrition as the battle line was drawn