Ric chieu hoi’d in his sleep yesterday morning early. It was unexpected and sudden with no warning. He will be sorely missed by all of us. He was my son-in-law’s father and I had just helped him win the big 100% banana with SMC S less than three months ago. I expect his wife Marcia will have to fight for her DIC.
I told her and I will tell all of you spouses. Make sure to get an autopsy when this occurs. When you have less than ten years under your belt on 100% permanent and total, you run the risk of VA telling you to buzz off. The only exception is if you pass from a service connected disease. The autopsy will provide the evidence VA requires.
Ric did a year with the 15th Aerial Port Squadron at An Khe in 1967-1968 and was there when they attacked in December and took out the C-130 on the ramp. He served faithfully and suffered a lot of the usual Agent Orange diseases we all do. It’s going to leave a big hollow spot around here for a long, long time.
Ric’s world in 1968: