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December 06, 2016

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December 11, 2014
So, I'm an instructor at the NCO Academy now. I got married, so my name changed, but not yet promoted. Oh well.

Anyway, we have one inbound SMSgt. When they told us his name, my heart ached. Bankowski. Close enough. Every time someone mentions him, I have to choke back tears. So here I am, googling any information about you so I can have another look and another goodbye. I miss you.

-TSgt Tucker
November 26, 2013
It's almost Thanksgiving and I am crying. It is so hard to remember the last Thanksgiving with the whole family at your house in 2009. It was the last time me and your dad saw you up and about, but not well. Oh no, not well. I could hardly keep from crying whenever I looked at you, but I did, because you asked me to. It was the very least I could do for you. This is such a bittersweet time of year for us. It was so hard to pretend that you weren't dying. We all knew. How I wish i could have that time back. Even though you were so sick, at least you were here with us.
Keith, lovingly fixed up your medals on your flag (the cat messes them up). I love watching him , making sure every one is perfect. We all miss you so. Where is God????
May 26, 2013
I was in church this morning. In honor of Memorial Day our pastor asked the congregation to say aloud the name of someone who "served." I could have given a lot of names but yours was in larger, darker letters in my mind than all the others. So, I waited until I thought everyone else was finished and I spoke it; I said your name out loud. I said it to a room full of people who would never know how much they had missed and how much missing you hurts. But they had their own names. Mary put her hand down hard on my leg as if I needed steadying. Maybe I did. I said your name louder than I meant to and I hope you heard it.
May 18, 2013
Mark, I just finished reading "Churchill:The Power of Words", by Martin Gilbert and, well, Churchill. I bet you would have liked it. In the book, Gilbert recounts Churchill's life through his own speeches and writings. Of particular interest, of course, were Churchill's wartime talks. They were inspirational (and at the same time logical) and he wrote them as well as delivered them. What politician is able to do that now? President Obama, no doubt, sure can deliver a rousing speech, but can he write one too?

Anyway, I just had foot surgery, again. Something about an extra bone and a shredded tendon. I'll be in a cast for five weeks. Last night was rough but as soon as I got some better and different drugs, things improved.

I'm not sure why I'm writing to you tonight. I guess I've been thinking about you lately. Not more than usual though. I think about you all the time. More so now then when I could just pick up the phone and call you, I guess. Maybe that's why, because I can't do that now.

The sun's still up, though just barely, and the shadows are long now, but only for a short while. Darkness will come soon and erase them. But not yet. Not yet.
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