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June 23, 2013
If possible, please let me know about an Arlington service. Thanks, Al Duncker. Mel and I were colleagues at the Administration on Aging.
December 15, 2012
Dear Mel:

I am the oldest son of your cousin, Murray Richer who had the highest regard for you. Even in the years following my own Dad's passing you took the time to communicate with my Mom who only recently told me of your death. I remember visiting you when you were stationed near Lancaster, PA and of this visit and the few other times that we met I remember most of all your infectious smile. My condolences go to your children, who I remember though it has been many years, your grandchildren and your great grandchildren. Thank you for the memories of a very nice man.
September 06, 2012
Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather, openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy
September 04, 2012
Dear Dad,
I miss you so! I remember looking up to you as a child and not wanting you to leave. I would say, "I'm gonna build a cage and put you in it so you can stay here with me." You took the love beads I made you to every country you traveled to. How sweet to humor me like that. And, you brought me back "dummies" from every hotel you stayed in. I always looked up to you and you were always there when I needed help. You were a great Chinese cook! I'll never forget volunteering to clean up if you cooked. That was the last time I volunteered for that! I remember how very handsome you looked in your dress uniform. I learned to iron on your handkerchiefs when I was so young I had to stand on a chair at the ironing board.
I know you were proud of me because you told me so. I enjoyed your jokes and our political discussions. You have been a wonderful Grandfather to my son. I love you dad.
If mom could type, she would say: You were a brilliant man, a dedicated soldier and my heart. You showered me with gifts from your travels. We had wonderful times together. I love you and miss you, Ann.
September 01, 2012
I always felt honored to be included with your family gatherings and had the opportunity to sit and visit with you. You were an amazing gentleman and always had wonderful and informative ideas to share within our many years of conversations. You were a very special person to many people, and I'm so grateful to have had that opportunity for you to be a special person in my life as well. May you now have everlasting peace and comfort!
Kathy Gunsalus
August 30, 2012
Dear Mel,
Thank you for being my father-in-law for 23 years. I enjoyed your stories, laughed at most of your jokes, appreciated your quiet strength, and respected your sense of duty toward your country. I am grateful to you for the world's largest salad spinner, my all-time favorite joke, and my dear husband. I'm glad your many visits ensured you were an important part of our family. I'll miss you.
August 28, 2012
Dear Grandpa, thank you for all that you did for me. You helped me with college. You always had a nice girly gift for me, your only granddaughter, even though I wasn't into girly things. You had a knack for making people laugh with your "adult" jokes. You were a superb cook. Staying with you in CO with Jacob was such a fun time. I wish I could have visited every summer. I am so glad Eric was able to meet you. I don't think I ever said it, but you are very special to me. Love you and miss you.
August 27, 2012
Grandpa Mel, you were larger than life to me as a young boy, a mythical figure. Whenever
you came to visit, which was often, it was like a legend
coming to town. Funny thing is, that wasn't far from the truth. Your service to your country and the love your family has for you make you a legend to me, your grandson.
August 27, 2012
Dad, We shared a love of France and the French language, travel, classical music, cooking, love of reading. I enjoyed listening to your jokes; they were funny no matter how many times you told them. You cared deeply about family. I celebrate your hard work, patriotism, your long military career, and multiple other careers. Thanks for everything you have been to me. God bless you.
August 26, 2012
Dad -

As I think back on your life, your influence on your children has been incalculable. For me, your eldest daughter, your work ethic, high standards, questing intelligence, and quiet but very deep patriotism stand out for me. You were our mentor, guide, sometimes critic, always urging us to realize our full potential. We may have found this difficult at times, but our lives are all the richer for it. Your love and concern for us was always there. It lives on in us.

Carol Braginsky Davis, Hanover, Maryland
August 24, 2012
Hi Dad. I've been thinking a lot about you and know you never wanted people to fusss over you, but damn it, any one who has accomplished as much as you have in one lifetime deserves kudos. I salute you and thank you for giving me guidance and encouragement over the years. Your loving daughter, Joan.
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