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Saturday, May 23, 2015: you have to admit that was one gorgeous Memorial Day Saturday, even if it had a feel of fall to it. During my travel I was quietly amused by the sheer number of people talking…

Saturday, May 23, 2015: you have to admit that was one gorgeous Memorial Day Saturday, even if it had a feel of fall to it. During my travel I was quietly amused by the sheer number of people talking about the new Acme, as if it was something seldom seen by mortal man. Without even going there, I want to pre-thank the powers that be in Boise, Idaho -- home of Acme’s mother company, Albertsons. They have launched with a large organic section, fine salad bar and a Shore-worthy seafood section. I got all that from folks telling me about it. I’ll wait until the furor subsides before I surf the aisles here.

Anyway, I got in some sand volleyball today, getting a great feel for the greatness of the day. Then, I couldn’t resist doing some mainland woods time.

MOMENTS OF REMEMBRANCE: After some metal detecting, I plopped down with my back against a huge tree and did some memory things, in honor of Memorial Day. In doing so, I thought on the soldiers and Marines I knew who didn't make it out alive.

I also began thinking on the number of military folks who survived the battlefield but later died, back home, from lingering injuries and conditions related to war zones like Vietnam – and exposure to Agent Orange. I believe me lifelong buddy, Kirk Kremer of Warren Grove, had his Vietnam days – and exposure to hideous chemicals – finally catch up to him not that long ago. It proves that risking one’s life in service to our country doesn't always end when the uniform is put into storage.

Silent Thunders (Never to be Forgotten)

Kirk Kremer
1948 - 2007

In Memory Program
New Jersey - 11/2008

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Another sad memory for me is Hawaiian Joe Gaa, a fellow student at Maunaʻolu College, Upper Paia, Maui. Joe personally taught me the power of the Hawaiian spirit and its Ali'i. He surprised many of us when he left school to join the Army. To this day, I recall the absolute shock when we heard he had died in Nam. The photo below is from our Maunaolu College yearbook

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JOSEPH WILLIAM GAA JR

is honored on Panel 5W, Row 45 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.



This haunting message was left for him at The Wall.

"I was there that tragic day; how could I ever forget. We worked hard, played hard, and became a band of brothers. You, and the other five I lost that day, have, nor ever will be, forgotten. I sincerely hope I have made it count. Aloha, my brother."

I have no doubt the same dedications and eventual lifelong sacrifices that marked the Vietnam War are playing out again today. I simply knew the Nam era more intimately. The two soldiers named above are just two of dozens and dozens, all worthy of mention this Memorial Day. 

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