Bob – thank you, thank you, thank you for filling us in more on this man we knew and didn’t know. Somewhere, from up there, I know he is smiling at you.
To – Plainol American – thank YOU for “Just A Common Soldier” – I have known a lot of them, and they each were anything but common men.
To both of you – THANK YOU for your service to our country.
My friend Phil, aka Grumpy Elder, proprietor of Grumpy Opinions, father, veteran, patriot, blogger extrordinaire, and not grumpy at all, died yesterday morning.
I’ve become acquainted with many good people in cyberspace. Phil was one of ’em. Although I never met him personally, turned out we were brothers. We’d both spent time at Fort Jackson during the miserable winter of ’66 after the first large draft call for the Vietnam war. By telephone, we reminisced about Tent City, about meningitis outbreaks in the barracks, about cold, dead-of-night fire watches, and about those endless slogs up and down sandy Carolina tank trails. Later, we’d both shipped out to Germany and spent time wallowing in the mud during NATO training exercises at Grafenwohr. We’d shared so much, I felt as if I’d known the man for 50 years — besides, he liked my cartoons.
When we last spoke a few…
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