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July 16, 2014
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This about sums it up for me but at least the heart took the place of the period. That means a lot. Photo from yahoo.




Hey Y’all,


I am sorry that I have been remiss in posting new stories. I promise I think about it every day and I promise by the end of the day I am still thinking about it. The summer is just flying along but I can’t seem to find enough time to get a good story knocked out. You should view the lack of articles kind of like a bad Christmas present. It is the thought that counts.


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I can’t make this one any better. Photo from Yahoo.


But like I said a few weeks ago, I am still cranking out the stories. The story I wrote for the Putnam Herald-Dispatch is one of my personal favorites because of the topic. It appeared in the newspaper on Friday and if you have the time please read it. It focuses on a young man named Bert Clendenin. Bert is a 93 year young Marine that served in the South Pacific during World War II. If his experience doesn’t make you appreciate all of the food in your house, then you have never been hungry. If you read the article and decide that it wasn’t worth your time, I will buy you a BBQ at the local joint here in town. Travel expenses are on your dime.



Bert is the tall Marine on the right. The man in the picture was one of Bert’s tent mates. He left on a routine flight one morning and never came back. Bert has no idea what happened to him. He has carried this picture in his wallet for almost seventy years. Photo from Bert Clendenin.


I also wrote an essay on Bowe Bergdahl. It appeared over at our good buddy Josh’s site, The Magill Review.  I would be honored if you had the time to digest my analysis of the situation. Here are the links.

The first essay:

The second essay:


Unfortunately, the schedule is booked solid for the foreseeable future. I have two more veteran interviews completed and am in the process of editing it. The second one needs to be written. I am scheduling three more veterans for their interviews in the upcoming weeks. Our good friend Abby asked for a guest post on the topic of blogging. That article is complete and I think she will publish it on Monday and our good friend Karlene asked for a short essay on urgency in aviation for a book that she is writing. She will have to wait for a few days. And I am getting some great feedback on the book. I want to thank my wife (Donetta), Koji, Big Joe, and Abby for taking the time to compile their thoughts and for being brave enough to tell me the truth. The good news is that so far no one has told me to burn it, give up the hope of being the next Rob Akers and to go back to watching TV.



I love that comment. “He didn’t seem all that busy to me.” That makes me laugh. Photo from yahoo.


I am going to take that as a victory. I would like to say more but I got things to do. Until next time, keep on rockin.


From → life, military, writing

  1. Love the cake! Well done on all your writings :)

    • Thanks for joining the fun Jess. Please make yourself at home.

      The cake made me laugh and thank you for the encouraging words.

  2. Love the way you wrote up Bert Clendenin’s story….and now I know more about the Marine who advised to “never pass up chow” who appears in your letter. I’m so grateful that you are getting some of these stories in print. It’s important that they be preserved! Hmmm….I smell a wonderful book in the making!

    The cartoons in this post made me laugh!!

    • Hey Doc,

      Thanks for saying hi and yes Bert one of the men that I mentioned in the letter to the veterans. I agree that it is important to preserve these stories. I do not smell a book in the making though, but I do smell a lot more work.

      I was laughing before I posted them. I glad you enjoyed them.

  3. I’m adding all your articles to my list to read. I’m so far behind on reading everyone’s blogs that I feel almost overwhelmed. Thanks for taking the time to talk to vets and record their stories and no! don’t burn it down! Tenderly polish your story. :-)

    • Abby,

      I know what it feels like to be behind on the reading. I know you will get there, no worries. I do enjoy taking to the vets. Thanks for all the advice and encouragement.

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