Remembering two comrades and their fighting spirit

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

My heart burst for two soldiers passing, brave lads who will never be lost to our great country through brave deeds and examples set.

They were brave lads never lost in spirit to the great fiber of principles that our just society freed the world of tyrants so long ago. Both were combat engineers, infantrymen with shovels, back in the day. With their duty done so long ago, both still felt duty bound. They showed their soldiering through their lives while inspiring many.

One soldiered in France, then continued to soldier through his tireless modesty until new duty called, promotion for excellence. He was a modest soul, seeming almost unnoticed in Glenville. Yet his everyday presence was reassuring.

I knew him a long time and learned of his presence. He seemed modest but he was truly gargantuan for he reinforced the spirit of America. And this soldier was a neighboring sentry to my lone march with a mission, my only neighbor. I know he understood my efforts and what I was trying to do with my political efforts and proposals in Greenwich.

The other soldiered in Korea and continued to soldier on through the fruits of his tireless efforts to carry out his duties. In work he built greatness in the American traditions. His efforts set great examples for many while reinforcing the American spirit. His contribution and efforts greatly improved Wilton, while inspiring many, including myself who knew him a short time.

Socially, I saw his presence giving a glow and new kind of positivity to the general spirit of occasions. Thanksgiving occasions showed how he helped confirm the greatness of the “spirit be in giving with Thanksgiving.”

While my Glenville comrade gave me years of honorable backup, with encouragement to carry on, I found my new Wilton comrade gave a great visions of new backups to come. My two combat engineer comrades in arms are not gone because their existence shines out and onward.

These two soldiers are a testament to the greatness that America was in their youths and through their examples they will continue to help set a steady course while helping us keep and strengthen America.

Jim C. Reilly

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