Bill Jarboe

I first met Bill Jarboe as SP5 Jarboe at Ft. Ritchie, MD on my first assignment after AIT. He and I both then got picked for the project Kunia assignment, so went TDY to Ft. Gordon for SATCOM school and then 4 months training at Ft. Meade before going to Kunia, HI. I ran into him in Korea after the Hawaii assignment, him by then out of the Army and working as a contractor.…

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Thoughts – an old friend Martin Mendiola

I searched several times over the years after hearing from someone that Mart passed away. I finally found something.

I think I can honestly say that Mart, of all my teenage friends, has held one of the more significant memories for me. We hung out like thick and thin for a while. I actually learned how to and then honed my crazy driving skills thru him because at 14 I always drove his cars (mom’s, sister’s, brother’s, etc.)…

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Eva Concannon from Kunia Days

I don’t know how, but I was killing time and surfing the web and I came across this piece on some web site called Irish Central. The pic… her (old OD green fatigues with the USACC/USAISC patch) Army picture caught my eye (I had that pic linked here from the irishcentral.com site but it disappeared!), and I stared at the pic.…

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RIP ‘Rat’ (Richard Taitano)

I knew Richard from junior high school days, and had more ‘extracurricular’ interactions with him as we grew up thru the end of high school. Most of them went from running into each other and hanging out to some of those darker and hazier experiences doing shit that I eventually left home/the island and outgrew… whereas from what I hear he didn’t quite manage the same escape.…

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The saddest is when it’s a child

When it’s a child, when the family is tangibly real to you, when you know the parent. What to say to them when their child dies by suicide… The saying is real: A parent should never have to experience the death of their child. I simply cannot imagine the horrific thoughts, reactions, parents experience at the loss of their child, especially under the scenario of suicide.…

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