So sorry to hear of John's passing.
Frank and Frances AId
I had such saddness in my heart, after knowing that my Cousin John had passed from this life to his eternal home.
John was a dear nephew and cousin to the Gordon West family of Lebam, WA. We often reminisce about the good times we had when Cousin John lived with our family. His military experiences were fascinating to us, as were the jokes he played. One very vivid memory was a time when my Dad and Cousin John went trout fishing, and John being the jokester he was, slipped a small undersize trout into my Dad's fishing basket, and when my Dad discovered it, there was lots of laughter from John, he knew he had pulled a good one on his Uncle Gordon.
John will never fade from our memories,and he will be forever in our hearts.
May God's love comfort Cousin John's family during this very difficult time.
I was so saddened to hear via internet this week of Cousin John's passing on my birthday. While I never met him face to face, he and Hilde were always in my (and our family's) heart and prayers.
He was raised with my grandfather, Gordon West, and I never tired of listening to the stories about the larger than life man that was Cousin John - he was a hero to us all, esp. my brother.
My grandfather always had a soft spot in his heart for his nephew and I can just imagine them swapping stories now that they are together again.
I was lucky to be in some written contact with he and Hilde over the years and cherish their kind words.
My condolences to those left behind and my prayers are with you. May God bless you all during this time and always.
I'm the grandson of Gordon West, John Aid was my 2nd cousin. I remember as a small child meeting him at my grandparents house in Lebam, Washington while he was on leave from service in Viet Nam. To me he was as big as a redwood tree & reminded me of John Wayne! I'll never forget the letters or the phone calls from him while I was recovering from a training accident at Ft Benning during the 1st Gulf War. Cousin John was always a hero to the Holmes/West family! God bless you & your family John.
Mrs. Heilda and Jeannie I'm sorry for your loss. I'm so glad you have Mrs. Doris with you now. It has been my pleasure meeting you and I can only imagine Mr. John was as pleasant and friendly as ya'll are. My prayers are with you and I hope to see you again soon.
Jeannie and Hilda,
Trena, Callie, and I are so incredibly sorry for your John's passing. I know there isn't anything we can say to take away the pain of your loss. What we we do want you to know is that we are so incredibly proud of John's service to his country and his genuine affection and friendship to his family (the grandkids and great grandkids from so far and wide.) Please know we love you.
Even though I did not know Mr. Aid I was would like to express my sympathy and thank him and his family for serving my country.
Merrill's Marauders were tough soldiers. Sorry to hear of Mr. Aids passing.
Merrill's Marauders(Proud Descendants)
Uncle John was a true American hero and my personal hero. He was a bigger than life kind of person that filled a room when he was there. I was in awe of him, and the many adventures and tales of military service he told captivated me. I felt it was an honor to write to him regularly when he was in Viet Nam and he never failed to answer a letter or a question that I wrote. Even though we spent little time physically together, I have always felt a love of family with him and both of you. There is a loss that we can't replace, but the many memories will always be with us. Love you both, know that I am with you in spirit. Love, Lou