FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND…

Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding-Elton John

Mike and memories. (Photo by Steve Traywick)

Mike and memories. (Photo by Steve Traywick)

“Check it out

Going to work on Monday

Check it out

Got yourself a family

Check it out

All utility bills have been paid, you can’t tell your best buddy that you love him…

So, check it out….” John Mellencamp

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived”-George S. Patton

I did tell one of my best buddies that I love him today. He’s my friend. He was one of my mentors. He taught me how to be an effective NCO and how to be a decent Human Being. He taught me how to relax and have fun. He taught me how to take care of my troops by taking care of his “kids”. I watched him and learned. Now, he’s dying from a killer form of cancer. God, I’m going to miss him. I knew that as long as Mike was around that I had a friend in the world. I knew that there was someone I could go to for advice. Someone that would tell me I was being an idiot in a way that I couldn’t possibly get butthurt over it. Continue reading

VETERAN’S DAY-2013

Author: Steve Traywick

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So, another Veteran’s Day is upon us.  August was the ninety-ninth anniversary of the opening shots of World War I, a war that became so horrific that the world could not even

Insignia Button of the US Tank Corps WWI (Indiana War Memorial Collections)

Insignia Button of the US Tank Corps WWI (Indiana War Memorial Collections)

imagine it. Veteran’s Day was instituted to remember the men that fought and died in that war.

After the guns fell silent in Europe, the world was certain that there would not…could not be another war as horrific as the one just ended. Had someone stood up and announced that not only was the World War the opening round of another even worse World War and that it would carry on for nearly fifty years I’m pretty sure they would have been promptly locked away. But, that’s exactly what it was, the opening round of an even worse war.

When the First World War ended, world leaders could not make a decent peace.  Then they

WWII

WWII

didn’t have the moral fortitude to enforce the peace that they did make and again the world exploded into World War II.  Again, millions died. And again, a bad peace was hammered out. Two super powers were left standing facing each other. Posturing and blustering, each did everything short of another full blown world war to bring the other down. The Cold War was the third chapter of a century of war.

It was during this period that most of today’s veterans stepped up to serve. There are a comparative few warriors left from World War Two but we lose more every day.  It’s the same with veterans from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Before long, it will be my generation’s turn to exit this life except for our faint footprints on history’s pages. Continue Reading!