Commander’s Highlights

Well, here we go again with some highlights that need saying. By now most of you know that I had open heart surgery with 4 bypass repairs. They were only 95% blocked. I thank GOD forgetting me through this. I’m feeling great and able to do most of the stuff I want to. I’m also looking forward to getting out of the physical therapy work out chamber.

The second Bremer County fatality of the Vietnam War we will respect is Donald Mcgrane. A Waverly native. Don served in the US Navy. He was a Petty Officer Second Class and a crew member of an anti-submarine squadron assigned to the USS Constellation, 7th Fleet. On July 19, 1967, Don was aboard a rescue helicopter Sikorsky SH3A attempting to rescue a downed pilot when the aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed, killing all four crew members. His remains were finally identified in November, 1982, and returned to Waverly one month before his father’s death; he is buried in Harlington Cemetery. 

Don’s name is engraved on Panel 23E, Line 92, on the Vietnam Wall. R.I.P.

Now for a true story or two. First one titled.  ‘ I CAN HEAR JUST FINE’ Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf on a fine March Day. One remarked to the other, ‘Windy, isn’t it?’  ‘No,’ the second man replied, ‘it’s Thursday.’ And the third man chimed in, ‘So am I. Let’s go have an A&W root beer.’

My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance.. WELL!  WE’LL SEE ABOUT THAT.

That’s it for now.

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also thanking Carl Benning