In a Harris County courtroom, Tuesday afternoon, a frail Korean War veteran faced down the young man accused of beating him savagely.
81-year old Tom Mixon testified against 23-year old Charles Jacquard Turner, who is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
Mixon wept on the witness stand as he described his injuries. The attack, in May 2011, cost the elderly ex-Marine his right eye and all of his teeth.
"You just don't want to see him go through something like that," said Mixon's son Bret.
As a 19-year old Marine, Tom Mixon survived the brutal battle of Chosin Reservoir, fought in North Korea in the dead of winter against a Chinese force that had the Americans both outnumbered and completely surrounded.
After pummeling Mixon into unconsciousness, Turner is accused of stealing his guns, valuables and pickup truck.
But it was the theft of a blue bag marked "The Chosin Few" that evoked some of Tom Mixon's most anguished testimony.
According to his family, the bag was never recovered.The jury will return to court on Wednesday morning to begin deliberating in the guilt/innocence phase of Turner's trial.