To the family of Willie McCool.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. We, in San Jose, are still mesmerized by the loss of the Space Shuttle Colombia and her crew. I personally felt sad when Willie's name was mentioned among Colombia's crewmates. We (twin brother Ramon and I) knew Willie back in Dededo Junior High and John F. Kennedy High School. We ran track and were in Jazz and summer bands. He played the trumpet and was a good long distance runner. He was really cool. He rode his bike from Andersen AFB to JFKHS in Tumon. He loved the island and the people there. Ramon and I are so very fortunate to have known Willie. I just recently learned of Willie's achievements and was happy for him for all his accomplishments and making it to NASA's Astronaut Corps. It's sad that all we have of Willie now is in our hearts. May the Good Lord bless and keep you all in his tender care as you try to survive this tragic loss. May Willie's wonderful life be never forgotten, and may the
Good Lord shine His Light on Willie and his family forever.