My most heartfelt condolences. Though John preceeded me by a year in Hq & A Co., 709th Maint Bn. his influence permeated the company. Thus I knew him well then, though we never met until he contacted and "persuaded" me to travel with him from Huntsville to the 709th's reunion in Maryland in 2011, my first time to attend. We repeated the trek in 2012. He was missed immmensely in 2013. It is my loss that I did not meet him sooner. What a great person!!!