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October 03, 2011
I was Gen. Shali's boyhood friend. I was an 18-year foreign scholarship student at Bradley University, Peoria, IL and he was a 16-year DP from Europe. We met at the tennis court, which was near his house. After he beat me in tennis, I was often invited to his house for a cool drink. There I a met his family: mother, father,brother and sister. He beat me in tennis fair and square, but he kept talking about my good shoots to ease my disappointment. In the two-plus years we "palled" with each other, he was always the diplomat. I heard that in the ensuing 40+ years, when we lost touch with each other after my graduation, he was always giving credit to others in the Army and especially when he was the chief
archetect of the policy and its implementation. We connected again when he became Cammander at SHAPE and hand wrote me a note which I framed and treasured. I am probably amongst a handful of people who can call him Johnny without fear of being disrespectful. My condolences to his wife, Joan and son, Brent, who cared for him during the difficult years post-stroke. I will say goodbye at the Arlington National Cemetery in the company of your biographer, Andrew Marble. King
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