On this Memorial Day I would like to point out that we lost friends before it was on CNN. Wolf Blizter never lamented our loss. On FOX, Bill O, Reilly never called them patriots. We mourned and buried our dead without fanfare.
Before Enduring Freedom. Before Iraqi Freedom. Before Desert Storm. We were fighting. It was the Cold War. For not a “Shooting War” our body count stacked up. Many were lost on “Routine Training Missions”. Even more were lost in car wrecks, alcoholism, depression, cancer and more.
We Lucky Puppies are a Band of Brothers and Sisters. We’ve lost our share.
On my first day in Germany, while reporting in, we drove to base in a snow storm. Traffic was rerouted into a farmer’s field. A young First Lieutenant had hit black ice while trying to pass. The pilot had died when he hit an on coming truck head on.
1980s: Capt. Mike “Seed” Caraway, 313th TFS, F4 crash
1980s: Capt. Greg Collman, 313th TFS, F4 crash
1980/81: Capt. Bill Davey, 313th TFS, F-111 crash, RAF Upper Heyford
1994: Capt. Bob “Face” Abraham, 313th TFS, Crash in Air Combat.