Wednesday, March 09, 2005

In Memory

My dad died eight years ago today - March 9, 1997 - three days before my 19th birthday. We didn't exactly get along very well - but I'd still like to acknowledge the anniversary of his death. He died of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, which he developed after being exposed to Agent Orange during his service in the Vietnam War. He was diagnosed in 1984 and given 6 months to live -- he lived for 13 years and died when he was 50 years old. I think Mayo Clinic still studies his case...

The names of those who died because of their exposure to Agent Orange are not being added to the Vietnam War Memorial, which is dumb, I think. (The U.S. sprayed this chemical on Vietnamese crops.) Last year they did add some sort of marker acknowledging those who died since the war (b/c of their service in the war), but it's about the size of a normal tombstone in a cemetery...wouldn't want to make it too obvious that some died by the use of America's own war tactics...

Steven G. :: 1946-1997 :: Vietnam War 1970-1972 :: Agent Orange


  • I'm so sorry about your dad. He must have put up such a fight during those 13 years. And now your sister works at Mayo, right?

    By Blogger Christine, at 7:40 PM  

  • My condolonces. I'll be thinking bout your pops today too. Thems mens need proper props.

    By Blogger BigDubb, at 8:58 PM  

  • Oh, Kiddo. I'm so sorry. That is so sad. Your Dad deserves to be remembered and honored-you do it best by being such a great guy.

    By Blogger lynne, at 10:33 PM  

  • Thanks -- And, yes, my sister does work at Mayo Clinic (along w/ most residents of Rochester, MN) - she's an accountant.

    By Blogger Kiddo78, at 12:12 PM  

  • Kiddo - I'm very sorry to hear how your father passed away. You have my deepest sympathies. I can't even imagine losing a parent, so I admire your strength.
    I'm so thankful for guys like our fathers who fought in that terrible war and all the other wars so we can live our lives in peace.

    By Blogger denverboy, at 3:53 PM  

  • I have a feeling our dads are sitting together somewhere throwing back a few- along with also Stacy's dad, I'm sure, who is wearing his Blu Blockers.

    By Blogger hot babe, at 6:18 PM  

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