I knew Herman for the last 10 years of his life. I regret that I did not have the opportunity to meet him sooner as I consider him one of the finest people I have ever known. I was introduced to him at the "Lenny game" poker game at the Colony Apartments sometime in 2002. I played cards with him almost every week up until shortly before his passing. In the last couple of years, my wife, Lynn, and I started to play bridge with Herman and Susan on a regular basis. Through all of the card playing I did with Herman, he earned the affectionate nickname of "The Hermaninator" from his aggressive style of play. In addition to the card playing I did with Herman in Charlotte, I went on a number of trips with Herman and another friend, Gordon Alford, to Atlantic City. Between runs at the black jack tables, the three of us would sit in the lounge over cold bottles of Heineken (which Herman loved) and the talk almost always turned to war stories. Gordon and I would sit in amazed silence as Herman took us through his many adventures in the horror of war, always in Herman's modest style. I know he was very proud of his service to his country during WWII and very much enjoyed reunions and other events that allowed him to see his war buddies. I feel absolutely privileged to have been able to count Herman as a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time for all.
Mr. Alley was a true hero and gentleman. It was an honor to know him and a privilege to participate in his medical care. I will deeply miss him. My thoughts are with his family. Sincerely, Charlotte Karriker, MD, First Charlotte Physicians Matthews.
Dear Ron and Donna,
Although I never had the honor of meeting Mr. Alley, I felt as though I knew him through your stories and wonderful recollections of him.
I know he touched your lives in many ways that very few people can.
He was truly a member of that Greatest Generation to whom we all owe so much.
My sincerest condolences to both of you and all the members of your families.
Miss you already Grandpa, wish you were here