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Michael E. Wilde Sr. 1949 - 2013

Michael E. Wilde Sr.

Monday, February 11, 2013
My condolences to the entire Wilde family. Have been very close with them since 1987 when I came to NG NCO Academy. 1SG Wilde was the one who interviewed me for job at DF and later became one of mentors and helped me have a successful military career. Denise Wilde and their 3 daughter's helped to raise and mold my 3 children into the respectful and successful young adults they are today. You will truly be missed but never forgotten.
Monday, February 11, 2013
DD Im soo sorry for your loss, I am praying for yall!! Love you!!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Wish I could be with you all at this time - I love you all and will ask God to give you all strength! Ida Lalonde
Monday, February 11, 2013
Our prayers go out to the family during this difficult period. 1SGT Wilde was a good man and a fine soldier. We thank him for his service and offer our condolences.

BG(ret) Gary Jones
Monday, February 11, 2013
A Tribute to a great Soldier - 1SG Michael "Mike" Wilde --
We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, “TAPS.” It's the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.
But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.
Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Elli was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia.
The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.
During the night, Captain Elli heard the moans of a Soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not know if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken Soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate Soldier, but the Soldier was dead.
The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the Soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.
The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.
The request was turned down since the Soldier was a Confederate.
But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.
The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted.
The haunting melody, we now know as “TAPS” used at military funerals was born.
The words are:
Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lakes
From the hills.
From the sky.
All is well.
Safely rest.
God is nigh.

Fading light.
Dims the sight.
And a star.
Gems the sky.
Gleaming bright.
From afar.
Drawing nigh.
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise.
For our days.

Neath the sun
Neath the stars.
Neath the sky
As we go.

This we know.
God is nigh.

I too have felt the chills while listening to “TAPS” but I have never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along.
I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.
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