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Date Posted: Fri, April 22 2011, 10:44:06
Author: Don Poss
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Subject: Re: Memories of my son, Fallen Soldier SSGT Raphael A Futrell K9 handler
In reply to:
Ms. Vicki Futrell
's message, "Memories of my son, Fallen Soldier SSGT Raphael A Futrell K9 handler" on Fri, April 22 2011, 10:35:20
Ms. Vicki Futrell,
War-Stories.com is extremely pleased to be the home website for Old Dawgs and Pups. When compiling the images for the ODAP ‘homepage’, all images chosen included those MWDog handlers or K-9 Killed in Action or Line of Duty, Wounded in Action, or U.S. combat soldiers, airmen, marines, navy and coast guard. To me, the graphic photo is like visiting The Wall in D.C. … a sad, yet uplifting and proud experience.
SSgt Raphael Futrell will always be a part of the memories of those who served with him. Equally important, you should know that MWD handlers, past and present, believe John Milton’s poem and phrase “…They also serve who only stand and wait.”
I often hear a phrase said in comfort to grieving loved ones, that in time, with time, their grieving will get easier. For many, I pray that is true. In light of John Milton’s timeless truth, I think it does not get easier for those who bear the scar of loss upon their hearts -- only different, evolving into an melancholy acceptance permitting fond memories to override the lingering sadness and loneliness for what was and might have been. I think that is a good thing as it grants moments of treasured thoughts, where he still lives.
Links at War-Stories.com’s Old Dawgs & Pups, where your son’s name and photos may be seen:
Our Best to You and Yours,
PS: I have forwarded your email to Bill Cummings and Phil Carroll, who are largely responsible for the on-going articles, stories, and support that ODAP provides. I have also taken liberty to post your uplifting email at War-Stories.com’s bulletin board (http://www.voy.com/287/) so that you might hear from others, and possibly from those who served with him. I know that if Bill Cummings posts it in his monthly ODAP publication the odds are very good you may hear from your son’s friends, and as such, know that he is not forgotten and never will be.
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