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Posted: 11/29/2001 4:28:28 PM EST
I will be out of commission for a week or so. My dad, who is the world's most zealous rock fisherman, died yesterday morning in a boating accident. He gets up at 4:30 almost every morning (old fighter pilot habit) and launches at Oregon Inlet, Nags Head, NC every morning. We have a hurricane offshore and rough seas and, evidently, he was hit by a rogue wave in the inlet and hit his head on the boat. I got a call yesterday from mom that he was missing. The Coast Guard (great group of SAR guys down here BTW) found him around 6pm last night (no sign of his boat) and helo-transported him to a hospital. I was the first to get there and was told that he was basically gone. There was nothing anyone could do and, evidently, he died that morning hours before they actually found him. Dad was my hero. He was THE most decorated fixed wing Marine aviator to come out of Viet Nam (flew 320 combat missions; was in country from Feb. 67 to March 68 and recieved everything from the Dist. Flying Cross to the Veitnam Service Medal and many others). He drove an F-8 Crusader and was loved by the grunts on the ground that he protected. He was there during Tet and did an awful lot of good. In retirement, he enjoyed fishing for rock, EVERY DAY, and leaves behind his wife and three children, including me. He loved the site and often logged on to view various diatribes launched by yours truly. He owned an AR and was an avid supporter of the RKBA. I loved him very much and he will be missed by so many, including my sister's 2 year old daughter whom he chronically spoiled [:)]. I just wanted to share this with you and the other guys as well as the ar15.com members. I'll be back soon. Take care. Steve
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 4:35:10 PM EST
Steve, I am so sorry to hear you lost your father. You and your family will be remembered in our prayers.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 4:36:52 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 4:36:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By BenDover: Steve, I am so sorry to hear you lost your father. You and your family will be remembered in our prayers.
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Link Posted: 11/29/2001 4:37:06 PM EST
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Link Posted: 11/29/2001 4:40:40 PM EST
The saddest day of all is when a father dies. Take care Steve. Our thoughts are with you.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 4:41:41 PM EST
Steve, you know how close we've become over the last few years. I cannot begin to express the sadness I feel right now. You've got my number Bro. Call collect.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 4:43:05 PM EST
My condolences man , I guess Striker said it best for all of us .
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 4:45:10 PM EST
He died doing what he loved, not all of us will be so lucky. Still, it is tragic and I'm very sorry to hear of your loss.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:02:50 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:05:01 PM EST
My sorrows to you and the rst of your family. I look forward to meeting your father at Final Muster, when my own time comes... FFZ
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:06:59 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:10:32 PM EST
Four weeks ago to the day, I was driving like a madman trying to see my father before he died. I didn't make it. My condolences. SRM
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:11:37 PM EST
Steve, I'm very sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like a man I would really have liked to meet, have a drink with and listen to stories from for hours. Take care of yourself and your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. "And when I get to Heaven, To Saint Peter I will tell: Another Marine reporting, Sir. I've done my time in Hell." Semper Fidelis
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:39:16 PM EST
Very sorry to hear about your loss Steve. I know what you are going through and feeling as my dad passed away a few years ago. You have my sympathy and condolences.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:40:11 PM EST
Steve, What a shock. Having suddenly lost my own dad quite a while back, I have some idea, and my thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for letting us all know. Sometimes we have to just keep putting one foot in front of another, sometimes we have to just stop and let it go.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:41:31 PM EST
Steve, I'm sorry for your loss. I have a favorite quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson... [center]How do you measure success? To laugh often, and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition, or a job well done; to know even one other life has breathed because you lived this is to have succeeded.[/center] Sounds like you father was one hell of a successful guy.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:42:45 PM EST
I am deeply sorry for your loss. My father fought in the "Forgotten War" and he is getting on. I fear the day you are living today. Billy Porter
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:44:14 PM EST
Sorry to hear that Steve.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:51:03 PM EST
Steve ,God bless you and yours.You will be in our prayers. echo6
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 5:59:46 PM EST
... Wow, God bless you. Any champion supporter of the RKBA is a friend of mine. .. Take care buddy, we wanna hear some of his courageous battle stories!
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:04:51 PM EST
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, I know it is a very sad time having lost my father/gunsmith in 96.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:19:15 PM EST
Steve, I am very sorry for your loss, I know it must be a very difficult time for you & your family. GOD be with you. There are some things in life that you can never get over, you just have to learn how to live with or without them. ColtShorty GOA KABA COA JPFO SAF NRA "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them."
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:20:07 PM EST
Heartfelt Condolences from Alabama. I am grateful for the service your Dad gave in defense of my freedoms. God Bless you and yours.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:22:36 PM EST
I'm very sorry for your loss, and you, your family, and your friends have my deepest sympathies. Hang in there, and take care.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:24:58 PM EST
My sympathies. I used to fish the outer banks myself. There is nothing like a big rock bending your rod. This is of little solace, but your died died doing something he loved. God bless you and keep you.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:33:52 PM EST
Steve it's terrible to lose a father, I lost mine this past May. You and your family have my condolences and may God bless his soul.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:35:51 PM EST
Steve: My condolences to you and your family. Sounds like your father was a great guy! I've been struggling with a similar situation (my father has a terminal disease and won't be with us for too much longer, we're afraid), so I can imagine how devastated you must feel. No matter what your religious beliefs are, you can rest assured that he's in a better place now... SAB
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:43:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:02:17 PM EST
Steve, sorry to hear of your loss. [USA]
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:06:33 PM EST
My condolences
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:08:16 PM EST
Steve, I want to offer my condolences as well. Its clear that he really was a(your) hero. Im very sorry for your loss. He will be in all of our prayers tonight. Steven
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:16:45 PM EST
You and your family are in my prayers...take care medcop
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:17:10 PM EST
My condolences to you and your family Steve. God Bless. We will include you in our prayers!
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:19:39 PM EST
My condolances, Steve. God bless. T
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:24:29 PM EST
My deepest sympathies.. This country and you just lost a great man.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:27:43 PM EST
Sorry dude.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:28:37 PM EST
Losing your father sometimes seems like losing your wisdom and strength. May our Heavenly Father comfort you & yours over this great loss. We will fire a salute for him here tomorrow. He lived to see his children succeed, and to spoil his grandchildren. May God be with you in the days ahead. EW
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:41:10 PM EST
Steve, sorry to hear of your loss, but I'm glad that you gave us a small peak at what your father did with his life for himself, his family and his country. You should be proud of him as I know you are, and be thankful that you are here because of him. Not all vets from foreign wars were lucky enough to come home to their family and start life all over again and enjoy the fruits of their hard labor. God Bless, Doug
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:44:12 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 7:49:07 PM EST
It's sad to lose another hero to the American people. My condolences to you and your family. At least he died while enjoying something he loved.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 8:05:07 PM EST
Sorry Steve, nothing I say can help you and your family, but I will light a candle Sunday for your dad and your family. Sounds like the world and country lost another great man.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 8:34:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/29/2001 8:29:01 PM EST by Benjamin0001]
You know I hear there is one swingin FIGHTER BAR down on the other side of where they keep the Marines . Its right after you enter the front gates and turn RIGHT down by where you see the Marine Aviators fighting the Airforce Pilots. Just follow the Arcangel he will take him there.... I am sure that he will be in the Best of Company. And Tell him to say hello to My GrandFathers'; they will be somewhere in that Crowd. Ahmen.. Benjamin
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 9:49:39 PM EST
God be with us ALL. For we lost a Great man who selflessly defended us when it was asked of him. [USA]
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 9:55:55 PM EST
He sounds like a great man who was loved and will truely be missed. God bless you and yours, Steve.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 9:57:43 PM EST
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 10:17:47 PM EST
Our best wishes go out to you.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 10:27:12 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 10:45:07 PM EST
Very sorry to hear of your loss, Steve. Best wishes to you and your family. Greg
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 11:48:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/29/2001 11:40:04 PM EST by Hank]
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