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Rick (#46528431)
 member for 14 years, 4 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo I am a Son of the South (hometown in northeastern Florida; college educated in southwestern Missouri), career soldier (retired as a LTC in 2008 with over 29 years, and a subsequent Retiree Recall put me over 31) who was originally trained in the USMCR (M Company (-), 3/24 Marines, 4th MAR DIV, Semper Fi!) with combat in OPN Urgent Fury (Grenada), El Salvador, OPN Desert Storm (Persian Gulf War), OPN Joint Guard (Bosnia), OPN Enduring Freedom (Global War on Terror), & OPN Iraqi Freedom (Global War on Terror/ Global Contingency Opn - whatever "politically correct" term the liberals invent for it in the next 4 years; still the same fight, same enemy). I also served in OPN Noble Eagle (Global War on Terror/ USA Homeland defense), OPN Volcano (disaster relief, Armero, Columbia), and USA disaster relief during Hurricanes Hugo, Opal, Frances, and TS Alberto in Florida. I have been married since 1989 and have 1 son. I am also a careerist with the Florida Department of Corrections and have worked criminal justice since 1986. In my youth, I attained Eagle Scout with the BSA and was a Triple Letterman (football/ wrestling/ track) in High School with my greatest achievement in athletics being amateur boxing (72-3, 55 KOs). I also served 2 years with the FFA Chapter during high school. Thanks to all of you who have visited and left flowers/ comments on my memorials, and especially those who have sponsored them.

"You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
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Star Kline
Thank You
Thank you, Rick, for your many kind visits to my Dad's cousin - Harry Rumpilla - a Navy veteran who tragically died due to suicide. He never got over the loss of his older brother, George, who was KIA during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Perhaps, as a veteran yourself, you can understand Harry's pain better than his family could.

I also want to thank you for your dedicated and honorable service to our country, and for the selfless sacrifices you made over the years to protect our freedom. I am proud to honor you today, and not wait for a holiday to say than you. I hope you know that there are many, many people who thank you silently and anonymously for your military service, though "thanks" can never be enough.
Added by Star Kline on Jul 26, 2016 7:46 PM
Florida Boy 64
Igor Soldo
Igor 131075382 was a Las Vegas police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Natalie 166338773 died a few months later she posted his death on her facebook account she needs a flower. As always thank you
Added by Florida Boy 64 on Jul 09, 2016 3:30 PM
Florida Boy 64
Joseph Mcconnell
Joseph 26559757 was the best ace in the Korean war. Its to bad he hasn't gotten famous grave status. But still needs a flower thank you your the best.
Added by Florida Boy 64 on Jun 24, 2016 2:51 PM
val coleman
Matthew Ridgway
Hi Rick- were you related to Matthew Bunker Ridgway? My great aunt olive was married to his cousin, Hamlet Ridgway. I have dozens of letters from Matthew to Hamlet during the time he served in Asia. Would love to pass them along to a relative.
my email is
Added by val coleman on Jun 11, 2016 8:40 PM
Reflections of my life
RE: Thank you
I am honored Rick, thank you. Happy Memorial Day!
Added by Reflections of my life on May 30, 2016 6:06 PM
Reflections of my life
Thank you
Thank you so much for your service.
Added by Reflections of my life on May 29, 2016 7:51 AM
Joy LeMay
On behalf of Curtis Emerson LeMay and family
Thank you for visitng Curtis' grave so oftem to remember him.

On behalf of Curtis and family, thank you

Joy LeMay
Added by Joy LeMay on May 25, 2016 9:59 PM
Star Kline
Happy Armed Forces Day!
Added by Star Kline on May 21, 2016 3:25 PM

Thank you so much for remembering Bazil on his birthday.....

Added by Susie💕Bazil on May 20, 2016 1:37 PM
Steve Edquist ~In Memory Of Aaron & Scrappy~
Thank you Rick so much for remembering Aaron's Angel Day. And thanks for other times you honor Aaron it means a lot to me.

Added by Steve Edquist ~In Memory ... on May 16, 2016 11:50 AM
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