Submitted by Kelly Denise Baker
Whether it was in his youth
or more recent days,
there was a warmth about him...
there was always a warmth in his eyes.
Some of us have our last memories of him
with him looking back at us
barely having the energy to talk,
but having all the energy in the world
to form a big smile.
I know him to be the one in the family
who I would always seek knowledge from.
He was the one always ready
to take his children/grandchildren fishing,
to share with them his war stories,
to teach them boxing moves
and to educate them about humanity and equality.
He was so set in his ways
due to his years of experience
and sometimes harsh observation.
No one had the ability to shift his firm views and beliefs.
He was always truly devoted to his family,
to his work, to his hobbies, to his religious beliefs
and to his country.
There's a strength about a man who has eyes full of warmth,
loyalty, knowledge, experience, true patriotism
He wasn't ready to leave us until
he had his wife and youngest daughter at his bedside.
He wasn't ready to go until
his daughter assured him that it was alright
to now go be with his oldest daughter
and only then did his face fill with happiness and relief
with a single tear.
He was never afraid for himself,
he was afraid for our pain...
there's an amazing strength about a man like that.
- Kelly Denise Baker
U S Legacies, July 2002