April 27, 2019

"Dead upon the field of glory, Hero fit for song and story."  - John Randolph Thompson

This picture is of Gary Ascher taken in Vietnam by his friend, David, who was killed soon thereafter.  I wrote a post about Gary on March 13, 2019 and I'm going to write another one a...

April 24, 2019

 "The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem.'     - Rev. Aaron Kilbourn

If you were born in the 1940s in our small town, there was  one hospital where we were all born. Mountain View Hospital was no bigger than a small house. Joseph Thomas Martin wa...

April 21, 2019


My grandson, Keaton,  has been in swimming lessons with a boy named Gunner for three years. It's just been the two of them in this semi-private lesson.  They are three and a half years old, so it's been going on for the bulk of their little lives.  Gunner's grandpa...

April 14, 2019

" The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example."

     -Benjamin Disraeli, English politician

Everybody I know who is local (meaning grew up hereeither says Mike Miner was his/her friend or their brother's friend. I...

April 7, 2019

"There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country."   - Nick Lampson

Some called him Fred, some called him Alfred, some called him Al, and some called him Alfie, but what everyone agrees on is that he was a friendly guy who always had a smile, was ve...

April 7, 2019

I worked at the Vet's Museum Thursday as a sub docent and this fellow walked in with a group of 

people.  After a quick tour, and after I shared about receiving the flag from the Viet Cong veteran, about writing my book, and about mentioning my blog honoring fallen sold...

April 4, 2019

 "The tragedy of war is that it uses man's best to do man's worst."   - Henry Fosdick

It was his smile that Gary noticed first. They were in line at the Induction Center in Portland. It was an innocent smile.  When Gary Ascher was sent to Fort Lewis, there was...

April 2, 2019

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Roy Davis had not only gone to my high school but also went to my elementary school. As children, we played on the same playgr...

March 25, 2019

"The brave never die, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men." 

    -Minot Judson Savage, American clergyman and author

On a facebook page for those who grew up in my town, I posted a remembrance of our local young men who had die...

March 13, 2019

After a few emails back and forth, Gary asked for my address so  he could mail me something but he wouldn't say what it was.  Others had written reviews of my book, but  they had simply emailed links to it.  I wondered what it could be that he would have to send it thr...

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