<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Huckleberry75</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Saw the news today about CPO Chris Kyle. What a true waste. </div></div>
yeah, what insanity was that?! truly sad...
JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
I lost my son, on November 18th.2012.I feel the loss, of the other parents, on this site. I can't say what I feel. I can't say anything, to heal the loss.The words, are under the stones. Maybe that he died, serving the "greater cause", of serving others.I only know that HE forgives our transgressions. I hope that is enough.
Richard O. “Dick” Culver, Jr. went to join his Marine Corps brothers in Valhalla on February 24, 2014, at Hospice House in Hayden, Idaho, at the age of 77 years.
Dick was born on April 9, 1936, on Alcatraz Island), California (in the infirmary, because they couldn’t get to the mainland), to Richard O. Culver, Sr., and Sara Culver. His father was a lieutenant of the guards at Alcatraz when the federal prison opened in 1934. We are not aware of anyone else who was actually born on Alcatraz Island while it was a federal prison; the Culver family lived on the island from 1934 until 1938.
Dick’s family moved to Hopewell, VA, when he was a young lad, where his dad was the warden at the federal reformatory, and he was raised and obtained his grade school and secondary school education.
Dick graduated from high school in 1953, and then attended Virginia Military Institute (VMI) as a member of the Marine Corps Reserves. Upon his graduation from VMI with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, he waited until the day of the birthday of the Marine Corps and enlisted into active service on November 11, 1958. During his time at VMI, Dick competed as captain on the VMI Pistol team, and on the Marine Corps Reserve Rifle and Pistol team at the National Matches.
Dick later received his Master’s Degree in Physics at graduate school in Monterey, CA.
Dick went through the ranks as an enlisted man and attended officer Candidate School (OCS), where he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was eventually promoted to Major, which rank he held when he retired. Dick was a third generation retired U.S. Marine Corps officer.
While in the Marine Corps, Dick and his wife had one son, James R. Culver, who survived him in Alabama. Dick and his wife were later divorced.
Dick married Gloria Bjorkland on March 2, 1987, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, who also survives him.
Dick was stationed for 2 tours in Vietnam, the first one from 1967-1968, where he received a Purple Heart for wounds he sustained on his first day of combat. He recovered from those wounds and led Force Recon patrols, completing his first tour of duty in Vietnam. Also during his first tour, Dick was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action. While serving as the Commanding Officer of Company H, Second Battalion, Third Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, during a firefight with a North Vietnamese Army company Captain Culver exposed himself to hostile enemy fire several times, rallied his Marines, coordinated fire and medevacs, called in artillery and air support, and forced the enemy to break contact after suffering numerous casualties. By his superior leadership, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Captain Culver upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Dick returned to Vietnam for a second tour of duty in 1971-1972, toward the end of the conflict. In the last days of the conflict, he supervised the evacuation of embassy personal and civilians from the rooftop of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.
After Dick returned from Vietnam, he, USMC Captain Jack Cuddy, and USMC Lt. Col. Charles Reynolds started the Scout Sniper Instructor School at Quantico, VA, in March 1977. Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock (93 confirmed sniper kills in Vietnam) worked for them as the NCOIC. The story of the USMC Scout Sniper School is played in reruns on the history Channel, and/or the Military Channel, where you can watch it; look for its scheduling.
Dick also competed on the Marine Corps Rifle and Pistol team, receiving numerous medals, and later becoming the CO of the team.
After retiring Dick traveled to Saudi Arabia with a contract to train the Saudi Arabia Marine Corps school. After four years Dick returned to the United States, where he was the Kellogg, Idaho, High School J.R.O.T.C. senior instructor for five years.
Dick authored many articles on the Marine Corps as well as his experiences reviewing testing various rifles, including several in Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Guns and Ammo, and various other magazines.
Dick was a Life Member of VFW Post 889 in Coeur d’Alene.
After Dick and Gloria retired,they traveled extensively throughout the world, renewing acquaintances and making many friends in the many countries they visited.
Dick is survived by his wife, Gloria, and his son, James. He was preceded by his parents, USMC Lieutenant Colonel, Ret. Richard O. Culver Sr., and Sara Culver, of Dothan, Alabama.
Funeral services with full military honors will be at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 10, 2014, at English Funeral Chapel, at 1133 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, ID. After the service, there will be a reception at VFW Post 889 at 406 N. 4th St. in Coeur d’Alene, at 3:00 pm.
Viewing will be from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 9, and again on Monday, March, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Major Dick Culver’s final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Toys for Tots or Hospice would be appreciated.
These last ten years have been rough to say the least. Ive lost 3 friends that I went to boot/schools and fleet with. We all easd at the same time and I was the only one who got out of the corp. Within 1 year of my eas, they were all killed in iraq and 1 in bala murghad(msot 8222). This has bothered me immensly these last few years, that I left and moved on. But Ill never forget the good times and bad, and the honor to fight with such men has been and will be the climax of my life. Weve lost too many good men, and I can barely look at their pictures now without crying. I always feel like I left them, and that Im responsible and its tough. Semper FI ( never forget you devils)
Well Solo, it's been over 12 years and I still miss you and Mack and all the guys at the SBASC. Best time of my life. Wish you were still around, you'd have liked this site and the guys on it. You'd also be pleased to know that every one of our SDM students came back, except Swindell who died of a heart attack --way too young.
A sad farewell to a total non-warrior... who was one of my best friends in High School. A brother for sure.
His older brother served with me. His younger brother rode Harley's with me. He... was an actuary for an insurance company. Never had a beer before he turned 18. Didn't leave the state for college. Don't think he ever left the USA.... Same wife for 28 years. Two great sons. Church every Sunday. The biggest risk he ever took was buying a Buick... instead of a Chevy. We played Dungeons and Dragons together a lot as kids... Part of a group of 6 of us who were inseparable growing up.
10 days ago, he was at the gym... being healthy... when he threw a clot. Stroked out. Never woke up. Died at 6AM yesterday. Age 51.
Not a warrior... Unless you count epic D&D battles. But a brother nonetheless. RIP Sumu. Hope Gunny and Babs are waiting to greet you.