Sunday, December 18, 2016

Two Years

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He was a heck of a guy.

Friend and mentor.

Two years ago today, Buck walked into the clearing at the end of the path.

I see his comments in my old posts and I have to stop and sigh. Yeah, I get a little teary-eyed, but then I have to chuckle, loved his wit, loved his insight. I guess I'll always have that.

And every time I put a comma in the wrong place, I move it.

Dear God but I miss him.

The pain lessens, it doesn't go away.

No doubt he'd tell me to suck it up and drive on. The end ain't the end as we perceive it.

I miss you Buck.

To the memory of my friend MSgt Norman "Buck" Pennington.

See you on the other side brother...



24 comments:

  1. Soon Enough. No need to hurry it. He (They) will be waiting.

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  2. I miss him terribly....................
    Teary eyed as I type this...............

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  3. Sorry for your loss.

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  4. Deeply missed here as well. He was such an interesting, funny and very sweet man. I miss his voice, his thoughts. Always shared in that wry way he had. His sayings pop into my head every so often and I like to think of it as Buck toasting me - "to my great good health".

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    1. Same here Kris. I picked up a lot of "Buck-isms" over the years. Still use 'em from time to time.

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  5. Those of us privileged to serve will have the honor to meet on Fiddler's Green someday. Go to the obituary of 1LT Josh Powell at the blog "This Ain't Hell" to see a national loss. respectfully, Alemaster

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    1. Ah damn, just too young.

      I do believe we'll all rendezvous in the sweet bye and bye. There will be lots of stories, lots of catching up.

      1LT Powell's passing is truly a national loss.

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  6. Buck once said that he and I were "brothers from a different Mother" insofar as our musical tastes were concerned, lol. What a wonderful, wonderful guy...lie Le, I thn of him almost every day...

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    1. I remember him saying that. I too think of him nearly every day.

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  7. Machine is acting up for some reason....

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    1. While writing this post my monitor seemed awfully blurry...

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  8. I would like to have met him, but that picture says a lot. Dog lover, Texan, beer drinker, free-spirit with the convertible, eyes showing his age, and his wisdom. We probably cross-commented here, or at Hizzoner's, but nothing more. Good and sad memories for you.

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    1. Never got to meet him in the flesh. He came "out East" once but the timing wasn't right for me to get down to Virginia where he was visiting his sons. I learned (again) that sometimes there is no "next time."

      He was a good man.

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  9. I did't have time to post a comment yesterday.
    When Buck and I became blog buddies, hardly a day went by that we didn't at least acknowledge each other.
    We're of an age.
    Also we were familiar with many of the places we talked about, having spent some time, if not exactly residing the.
    We never met face to face, but were a couple of ol' dogs who sniffed the same hydrant.
    He ranks very near the top of the list of people I consider true friends and will always miss.
    He tasted beers and smoked cigars for me after I stopped.

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  10. I "met" Buck through a shared experience, crossing the Atlantic on a USNS troop ship. I had commented on another blog (probably Lex's) about my Thanksgiving trip on the USNS Rose and Buck replied that he too had crossed on the Rose as a teenager with his family. That exchange began a friendship (if you can call it that without ever meeting in the flesh) that continued until his passing. His wit and humor brightened many days for me. I miss him.

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    1. I actually remember that exchange about the USNS Rose.

      I consider it a friendship though never having met in person.

      Yup, miss him a lot.

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  11. I look back and wonder at my relationship with Buck. How did we get to be such good friends over the internet? Probably it's because he was such a great guy to read my posts and comment so faithfully. I miss him more than I can say.

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    1. Same here Lou. He's the one who introduced me to your blog.

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Just be polite... that's all I ask. (For Buck)