HOME SAFE: Illness stranded Ken Crockford and his wife Lesley in Germany. $42000 was raised to cover the expenses to bring him home safely.
HOME SAFE: Illness stranded Ken Crockford and his wife Lesley in Germany. $42000 was raised to cover the expenses to bring him home safely. Valerie Horton

Hero Ken Crockford finally welcomed home after weeks of hell

"MY HOME" were the first words uttered by war hero Ken Crockford as he walked through his Howard doorway after eight weeks of hell.

After spending two months stuck in Germany, 92-year-old Korean War veteran Lance Cpl Crockford finally arrived home, thanks to more than $42,000 raised by the Queensland RSL and sub branches from around the region including Howard and Toogoom RSL.

However the battle isn't over yet for the Korean War veteran and Military Medal recipient; after touching down on Australian soil on Friday night, Ken's health took a turn for the worst, and he was admitted into St Stephens hospital on Saturday with pneumonia.

But Ken said he was determined to win this fight.

"I am a fighter. I will take one day at a time and I am determined," Lance Cpl Crockford said.

"I will stand and take the salute on Anzac Day."

For Ken, being very sick and struggling to breathe in a country that spoke very little English was "hell on Earth".

His wife Lesley had to quickly learn how to read and speak as much German as she could to ensure her husband got the care he needed.

Now that he is home, he said he was enjoying being able to "communicate smoothly with the nurses."

Howard RSL sub branch president George Adams had been campaigning to bring Ken home since the minute he heard his mate was stuck, calling Ken's son Wayne every day for updates.

George said he could not be more grateful that his friend was finally home.

"He has always been there for us and of course we had to be there for him."

After reading the original Chronicle article in which George called for funding, the Queensland RSL donated $15,000 to bring Ken home, and the Howard sub branch alone raised about $3,500.



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