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Sr Francis Casey (#3173320)
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James O'Rourke
RE: Capt Smith
Sr. Francis Casey:

I was there in Assumption on Monday. A truly remarkable experience. A dozen wingmates, colleagues, friends, and family were welcomed by hundress. Some 2,000 US flags (3'-x-5' nylon flags, zip-tied to aluminum poles) lined the route into town and every street and passageway. Firemen, police officers, boy scouts and others worked around the clock to get those up.

Virtually every man, woman and child in that little town of just 1,000 people was in Saint Mary's Church at 10:00 a.m.; hundreds stood outside in the sun. Few could have known Joe Smith, but they all regarded him as a hero. They were there to welcome him home.

After 46 years, it shouldn't hurt to write all of this, but it still does. We're each exposed to many people in life, but I can say with confidence I've never met a better man. I know his life was short, but it was meaningful to each of us. In many ways, the best we can do is to make each other better.

Thanks for alerting me to this. Had I not seen your note, I wouldn't have connected with classmates and wingmates and wouldn't have been there. My conscience is better for it and I've spoken with some men I haven't seen in 50 years. Thanks.

Best wishes and God's blessings,

J. S. O'Rourke, IV, Ph.D.
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
Added by James O'Rourke on Jul 22, 2017 7:28 PM
RE: Correction of father's name
Thank you so very much.. I have made all of the corrections and the additions to 1LT Smith's biographical site.

Thank you again,
Added by Eddieb on May 22, 2017 10:02 AM
Marie Hayes
RE: St Joseph's in Rhinecliff,NY
I don't live near St. Joe's either. I live in the Finger Lakes (western New York), but I kept going back to the cemetery to find more info. I decided it was best to invest a weekend or two and not need to return. My great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparent are buried there along with lots of aunts and uncles. I am a descendant of James Hayes and Mary Fogarty. My great aunts Eileen and Catherine were the last Hayes' buried there.

I have actually returned a couple of times lately.
Added by Marie Hayes on Nov 28, 2013 3:49 PM

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