Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saigon - 1968
Farewell, Sarge Charlie
When I first started blogging all those years ago, one of my first blogger friends was Sarge Charlie. All of these years, I visited his blog - I laughed, I smiled, I even cried once in a while. I loved so many things about "the Old Sarge"... none less than the love he had for his wonderful wife, Miss Bee, and his family. Sarge had a way of sharing his personal stories that made you feel you were part of the family. In some way, he touched the inner spirit of us all. He left a blog full of stories and pictures that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren will have for years to come - the only way they won't know Sarge is if they choose not to.
Sarge loved his time with the Army - the good and the bad of it, but mostly the America of it. No one could ever doubt Sarge's love of country. But, he also had a gift of reaching out to others. When my friend was killed in Iraq, no one comforted me more than Sarge. When a young woman lost her fiance in Iraq, it was Sarge who reached out to her - who introduced us all. She is a friend today.
I have so many friends because of Sarge Charlie. People I probably would never have met. People who add so much to my life. One of whom is one of the closest friends I have. We got to know one another at the party that was Sarge Charlie's!
Sarge loved his politics. Whether you agreed with him or not, there was never any doubt that he had thought it out and hecould defend his position. He was always open to disagreement, but resistant to disagreeable at all times.
Keeping with who he was, Sarge wrote his own epitaph. "If you are reading this, I have finished the race." You can read his last words here: Sarge's last words - I advise that you take Kleenex.
Sarge asked that we send his beloved Miss Bee hugs -- I have sent her virtual hugs and will everyday. But, I think we should also hug those around us - and, hug those we care about today, even if those hugs are virtual.
Charles Cordle, I thank you for the gift of love and friendship that you brought into my life. You were one hellofaguy! I miss you already.