The old hymn, “For All the Saints,” was sung by a few voices on Saturday, July 19, 2008, inside the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Hide Away Hills, Ohio. Some of the men who attended this memorial had been members of a military force referred to as “The Saints.”
Just across the road from the church is a hillside cemetery which contains the mortal remains of a young Christian Soldier for the Cross, Cpl. John Alan Coey. Corporal Coey had served as a medic and was truly one of “The Saints.”
To understand the significance of this memorial service, one must think back to the years between 1965 and 1980. There existed in a far distant African country a war being waged against both the black and White population. The enemies attacked from Uganda, Zambia and Mozambique. These radical black forces were aided by China and Russia. The U.S. and Britain were attempting to secretly destroy this White-ruled country. These two powerful English-speaking countries placed sanctions upon this far-off land populated by their own people.
Landlocked Rhodesia put up a desperate struggle against the communists who brutally executed missionaries and mutilated black and White Rhodesians. The echo of Rhodesia’s wounded cries were heard by the world, but those cries for help were ignored. Dedicated young men volunteered from eighteen different countries to battle for Rhodesian freedom against the forces of darkness and oppression.
These young men who faced the foe were often strong anti-communists and Christians who felt the need to aid a friendly country that was in dire need. Some of these volunteers gave their all while others were wounded and disabled for life. John Alan Coey, an American, gave up his life in Rhodesia as the first American to die in that dirty little-known war. Another six American volunteers would breathe their last in that foreign land. Two of the Canadian volunteers were killed in action during bloody encounters with black guerrillas.
The date of July 19, 1975, has a special significance to three different families as three young soldiers, each from a different nation, were killed in Rhodesia on that one day. One soldier was from South Africa, one a native of Rhodesia and another soldier was from Hide Away Hills, Ohio, U.S.A. The memorial of July 19, 2008, was the first ever reunion held in the U.S. to recognize all of “The Saints” who had served in the highly decorated Rhodesian Light Infantry battalion.
The Rhodesian Light Infantry existed from 1961 until 1980. From 1965 until 1980 the unit was involved in a fifteen-year war. The battalion headquarters were in Salisbury at the Cranborne Barracks. The forces of the RLI were trained to parachute into the bush at low altitudes. Paratroopers were dropped into the bush to do battle with black insurgents and it was dangerous work.
The Rhodesian Light Infantry officers taught their foreign volunteers a type of fire force warfare developed especially for fighting in the African veldt. These foreign volunteers were not soldiers of fortune or mercenaries. They received the same pay packet as the Rhodesian soldiers. They fought side by side with the native-born soldiers, some of whom were black. The foreigners were required to sign a three years contract with the military. Cpl. John Alan Coey had volunteered for five years service with the RLI.
The Rhodesians and foreign volunteers fought a strong military defense, but were unable to fight off the overwhelming forces and the political intrigue. Rhodesia fell upon its knees due to the underhanded efforts of the U.S. government, which always claims to be opposed to communism. President Jimmy Carter presided over the birth of “Zimbabwe” and was the midwife of that monster, Robert Mugabe.
How many times must the Americans be led down the garden path? We have been led to believe that the U.S. despises Marxism, and yet the U.S. has aided in the creation of cruel Marxist regimes. This has been achieved by the use of U.S. sanctions, secret backroom deals, bribery and outright lying to the American people.
Zimbabwe and the “never-ending presidency” of Mugabe, who finally died in 2019 at the age of 95, are a direct product of U.S. interference in Rhodesia’s internal affairs. We would not allow a White-ruled country to survive. The U.S. worked for its destruction even though the Rhodesian government did not practice apartheid.
Washington also operated with deception in its treatment of the sovereign country of the Republic of South Africa. Just look at the current black Marxist leaders of African countries brought to life by our leaders’ spawn!
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