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January 22, 2018

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This Guest Book will remain online permanently courtesy of Bobby Carl Holt via the "Heritage Highway" We Salute You, Private 1st Class Wayne T Alderson.... Onw.
February 6, 2016
I met Mr. Alderson at the grand opening of one of the Atria Restaurants. Because there was a long wait outside, he served courtesy drinks and appetizers. He stopped to chat and when he found out that I was an HR Manager in a union environment, he shared a little more about himself. He turned to the man who I was with on a first date and told him to hold on to me as he could see the inner light I had. I had no idea until later that Mr. Alderson was a man of faith, whose beliefs shaped his business philosophy, and his life in general. He said he wanted to send something to me, but didn't say what. A month or so later I received two books in the mail about his life. That was so kind and generous. I'll always count our meeting as truly a blessing. The man I dated that night didn't listen to Mr. Alderson, and started dating someone else. I found out a while later that the man died of brain cancer at a very young age. I was sorry to hear that Mr. Alderson too had passed on, but he knew fully well that he would be going on to Glory someday, and going back to his Father who made him so special. Thank you Mr. Alderson for touching my life.
February 5, 2016
I was a counselor at North Star Steel in St. Paul MN in the wake of a bitter strike. Wayne mentored me, and his mentoring helped me share "Value of the Person" at North Star, and in several companies in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. God also enabled a year of teaching Value of the Person to the various departments of San Bernardino County Government in California. I retired in 2008, but still share the VOP principles in churches, and some companies I serve as a "Company Chaplain." I wasn't aware of Wayne's passing until I became curious as to "How Wayne was doing" as one in "older age" like I am becoming. Thus in this New Year of 2016, I gained my first awareness on-line that Wayne was "promoted to glory." My heart-felt condolences to Nancy and Nancy Jean, even though his passing was over 3 years ago I know he will be very much missed. I'm looking forward to that "greatest family union" in Jesus' presence.
Chaplain Ken Hyatt, U.S. Navy (Retired)
"on the farm" in Grantsburg Wisconsin.
March 14, 2013
I shall always think of you. I still want to go through my Army connections to get your just award. The Congressional Medal of Honor. You were always a hero to me & I loved you very much. You have my condolences Aunt Nancy & Nancy Jean, your husband & son. Love Howard Mitchell Alderson Jr.
March 9, 2013
Nancy, Nancy, and all the Alderson family,

Just this week news of Wayne's "exodus" to glory reached me from one of my students. I am a theology professor and Christian ethics is one of the courses I teach. Wayne's example and the story of "Stronger Than Steel" has been a constant feature in my ethics classes when we come to the issues of work-place relations. Quite a number of students have bought Stronger Than Steel as a result of the class, and I know they too have used the story to illustrate Biblical principles for life and work. It was from one of those students that the notice of Wayne's passing came to me. He was moved by the story, bought the book, and then found Wayne's obituary online while seeking more information.

I was a student in Pittsburgh back in the 70s as the story of Pittron Steel and then Value of the Person unfolded. I had the privilege of having a meal with Wayne and a group of others at the Top of the Triangle following an evening conference in those days. The evening left a lasting impression upon me, and thus led to Wayne's constant presence in my classes.

I came to South Carolina as a pastor back in the 80s, and from time to time would talk with Wayne on the phone as I was attempting to bring a Value of the Persn seminar to Columbia, SC. To our loss that did not work out, but I have never forgotten the calls that came from "the man with the hole in his head," as he always identified himself when he called.

I pray that the Lord's comfort will fill your homes now that he has gone before you to glory. Be assured that because of his life and service there is comfort in many, many other homes and workplaces. I am sure they would all join me in thanking all of you for the part you played in his life and service. Wayne's witness and message will live on. May the Lord uphold and keep you all in His steadfast love.
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