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Several years ago I posted a message about remembering 1Lt. Bob Aldrich every year around this time. Bob was a cadre member of mine, who was a later Vietnam marine fatality, when I attended a military college before serving as an infantry officer for a few years.

The years have passed since that message was posted. This year, yesterday and today, I still remember and honor him and others. 47 years after I first met him barking orders in my panicked face...

From those days, I also remember others I shared my years with in my cadet company; Art Pollack, who suffered serious facial injuries after graduation in Vietnam and Col. Richard Mulhern, tragically killed years later in Iraq.

There are others, but these three stick with me. All the time.

Yesterday, on this weekend, I went to a National Cemetery for the first time in many years. I walked on perfectly cut grass and looked at row after row of headstones with names, rank and date etched into each slab. I didn't personally know any of the people who were gathered together in this place one last time. Didn't matter...

I knew them all.
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