We lost another hero on 05 APR 2012 – He was a true patriot and one of the elite – The US Army’s Special Forces. I can’t really recall the first time I met Jack, but he was always glad to see me and thanked me for what I was doing for the Special Forces and for the US Army.
The true surprise came a few years ago in the US Mail – it was from the Freedom Team Salute – I was surprised to receive it. When I opened and read the letter it began:
” Dear John Michael.
CSM Jack Bonner has nominated you for the Freedom Team Salute for your support and promotion of the US Army… “
The next time I saw Jack, I asked him why he nominated me… He replied “Why are you doing what you’re doing for the Special Forces and the US Army?” I told him I believed in the value of what the Special Forces and US Army has done and continues to do for the US and the free world. – Jack said, “That’s reason enough to nominate you…”
Enclosed was an Army Star lapel pin along with a decal … I proudly wear the pin as a reminder of the man who thought enough to honor me. It was great to know him.
I wear the pin proudly. Jack, I ‘ll miss you … Thank you for your service! Thank you for your friendship.GHTime Code(s): nc