This Memorial Day I honor family members who have served our country, from the Revolution to Iraq, and the loss of two men I served with in the Vietnam War.
Ancestor L. Howe served in the Continental Army, fighting the British at Quebec.
James Warwick (for whom my older son is named) was a Confederate naval officer. My grandfather was in the Army during WWI and my father served in the Navy in WWII.
I was in the Air Force in Vietnam, when my friend Rick Ganley was killed over Laos and a comrade, David Collins, was shot dead near Cambodia.
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Son Jim was in the 101st Airborne Division during Desert Storm and son John served briefly with the Air Force in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I especially remember Captain Ganley, whose remains were not recovered or returned home for more than 30 years.
And I honor the service and sacrifice of all American families who have fought in our nation’s wars to keep us free.
— Capt. Bruce W. Rider, Grapevine
U.S. Air Force Reserve (Ret.)