Email from a USMC Buddy while Warren was in Vietnam

Started by John Caspole, Jr. on Saturday, January 23, 2010

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1/23/2010 at 8:59 PM

This was recieved 1-23-2010 nearly 40 years after Warren was KIA. Email was from BRUCE@STRENGBERG.COM to Warren Donnelly

From: BRUCE (PERSONAL)
Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:19 PM
To: wmd63@verizon.net
Subject: Via The Virtual Wall memorial for Ralph Caspole

WARREN – MY NAME IS BRUCE STRENGBERG (SERGEANT USMC 1965-1969), AND I SERVED UNDER YOUR UNCLE AT CHU-LAI. I WAS ONE OF TWO WHO PACKED HIS BELONGINGS FOR SHIPMENT HOME. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THAT WHILE ON THE GROUND THE CAPTAIN WAS OUR SQUADRON’S MATERIEL OFFICER (SUPPLY) – I CHECKED IN WITH HIM A SHORT TIME BEFORE HIS DEATH – BUT OF ALL THE CASUALTIES WE EXPERIENCED, INCLUDING MYSELF, - HE WAS THE FIRST THAT I KNEW – FACE TO FACE SO TO SPEAK. I REMEMBER HIM AFTER ALL THESE YEARS – THINNER THAN YOUR PHOTO, WITH A DAY ‘S GROWTH – BUT AN EXCELLENT OFFICER – AND MADE ME FEEL WELCOME IMMEDIATELY. YOU HAVE ALL THE REASON IN THE WORLD TO BE PROUD OF HIM – AND I PASS ALONG MY DEEP SYMPATHY TO YOUR FAMILY ON HIS PASSING ALL THOSE YEARS AGO – BUT FEEL BETTER OFF HAVING KNOWN HIM.

REGARDS,

BRUCE STRENGBERG

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