He was pretty much estranged from his family. A hard price, but part of the bargain I suppose when you are a career Marine. The nurse that he was close to at the hospice said a niece would visit occasionally, but no one else other than dad and I. I have a pretty amazing story that I was present for if you are interested. I attended his funeral in which he was eulogized by a general that he'd mentored (the general then a captain and rifle company commander) in Viet Nam.....quite moving. Homer had changed this guy's life.
I remember your father but did not really know him. I had a number of friends in 1/6; all are now deceased. Did not know of Homer's relationship ith your father. Homer, "Pappy", was a great Marine... more
Re: Your father and Homer Aiken jack whipple,Tue Dec 27 11:31
Would love to have any and all you can release on both. E mail to Sipapu5318@yahoo.com. Snail mail to 1321 Park Bayou Dr C219, Houston, Texas 77077-1597. The son contacted me when Pappy was having so ... more
Col Bale, after I thought of it for awhile my gut feeling is that it might be more appropriate given your professional relationship with Homer to contact you personally, although the folks who visit... more