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dinny 08-16-2017 10:12 PM

Man! It Hurts
I lost a good friend today to a sudden heart attack. Norm was an avid caster, reloader, and an accomplished shooter. He won numerous military shooting competitions in the machine gun (M60) discipline, sniper disciplines, and several NRA competitions. He served in the Michigan Nat'l Guard as a combat medic, which during the 1980s and 1990s was a controversial MOS for shooting competitions. He was a gentle giant who loved children and was very good with them. My 5 and 7 year olds adored him and always baked cookies for him during all the holiday seasons. My heart aches from receiving the news and I'm not even immediate kin to him.

RIP Soldier!

May God bless his family.

Thanks, Dinny

Sheridan5mm 08-16-2017 10:17 PM

Sorry for your loss

dinny 08-16-2017 10:42 PM

The Last Roll Call

Here we stand in formation
To honor a brother who served his nation
One by one our names are read
As the tears begin to shed
His name is called there is no sound
Just solemn faces all around
Three times in all his name is said
But he cannot answer for he is dead


He will never shoot another round
His rifle sticks in the ground
I see the boots he used to wear
Theyíre empty now he isnít there
Iíll forever remember the day he died
Iíll remember today when we all cried
So on this day we say goodbye
But in our hearts heíll never die

land_owner 08-17-2017 05:42 AM

Too soon gone.
Never to be forgotten.
Kindest memories Dinny.
Your heart will heal.
Feel the love...

lloyd smale 08-17-2017 06:31 AM

prayers said for his family.

goodshot 08-17-2017 06:48 AM

I give thanks you and your family had such a wonderful friend in your lives.
I pray he is received into the arms of Jesus as he begins his eternity.

MSP Ret 08-19-2017 10:21 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all....<><....:)

dinny 08-23-2017 10:03 PM

Thanks everyone! His son had the painful task of packing his father's belongings and moving them from the house he rented. He's just awaiting the death certificate and a memo giving him permission to fly his ashes back home to Michigan for funeral services to be made. I plan to be there in full dress uniform to pay my final respect.

Thanks, Dinny

Jim Stacy 08-30-2017 01:38 AM

Dinny I lost a good friend suddenly a couple of years ago , car wreck ! I would always call and talk to him about reloading and shooting . Now that he is gone I still talk to him and I bet he still listens he just cannot answer my questions. Talk to your friend it will make you feel better !

atitagain 08-30-2017 08:17 PM

The "Last Roll Call" real puts it all into perspective.
I had never hear this before.

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