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© Richard Knight
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Ron, Mike, and I have known each other for 40 years. We met at Fort Carson, Colorado, where the three of us were assigned to the 4th Infantry Division – the U.S. Army’s “Mountain Division.”

We were commissioned officers, although the rank of “lieutenant” entitled us to very few privileges, let alone any respect.

For the past four decades, Ron, Mike, and I have been getting together every now and then for fishing, camping, drinking, and smoking. Our wives have been nothing, if not understanding. (That includes all five of them!)

Three of the photos are from 1972-73. Ron and Mike are shown in South Dakota’s Custer State Park (in the heart of the Black Hills). The camping scenes were taken in winter, and the Park was not open, so I am surprised that forest rangers did not see our smoke and run us off. It snowed, and we were in bad shape the next morning.

In the other shot, Ron, Mike, and I are shown at the World Center for Birds of Prey, located outside of Boise, Idaho (October 2010). The Center is a sanctuary for falcons, condors, and eagles.

Renato’s photos reminded me of the friendships that are formed in the military service. These are friendships that often last a lifetime. Renato, Lowison, and Elyseo have been friends for at least thirty years.

My thanks to Renato, Lowison, and Elyseo for the inspiration.

And my thanks to you, as always, for stopping by!

34 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    Interesting collage of your friendships that you've maintained through the years....Often as it goes with our busy lives we sometimes lose track of old friendships and the classmates we graduated with..Next month my husband and I plan to attend my 50th high school reunion...Of course some won't be able to attend as they are no longer with us.

  • lowison

    lowison said (19 Aug 2011):

    Wow, many thanks Richard! Very nice your shoot! Ti ringazio molto per questa dedica; incredibilmente, dopo anni di lavoro e occupazioni famigliari, il tempo della pensione ci ha fatti ritrovare insieme tutti e tre. Jpg poi, è diventato il luogo virtuale dove ci si condivide e si dialoga con il mondo....: che bellezza!
    Ogni giorno è un regalo della vita e va gustato fino in fondo........

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    I really have to congratulate Richard and also with myself, my stirring in the past to the infected. I'm really happy, often when you see between us friends over good food and a good glass of wine, it's nice to remember both the good times and not, and do not forget to store more of them. Beautiful photos and its characters! Congratulations Richard

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    It is rare to have such close friends for so many years, I admire that...these images are wonderful, I especially like the tent, it reminds me of camping with my family when I was growing up. Cool collage & excellent tribute!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    What great memories you have recorded here, Dick! The military does seem to make unbreakable bonds, as we have experienced. Wonderful collage! A great dedication to these very talented individuals.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    WOW! Such great friendships and memories. A fantastic tribute BB!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    It is so great seeing shots like this of good past times with old friends, wonderful collage, !

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    Very interesting photos and narrative Richard,,,,most enjoyable.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    Great times, wonderful memories, great pictures for proving you were there! ☺

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    So nice to have maintained those treasured friendships for so long!! Wish you fellas, many more years of the same!!! Love the photos, and of course the narrative!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    Richard. What wonderful shots. And wonderful friendships. This is what life is all about!

  • Gary Cole

    Gary Cole (Deleted) said (19 Aug 2011):

    It's great that the three of you have kept in touch all these years. If my memory serves me right, the 5th Division was at Carson and the 4th was at Fort Lewis.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (19 Aug 2011):

    An absolute delight to see friendships still tight after all these years. the years have been kind to you all. Wonderful camaraderie. Wonderful tribute to times past and fun yet to come.

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    This is what it is all about!

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    nothing better than good, long lasting friendships!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    A terrific collage! Such wonderful memories, I'm sure. That second camping shot looks pretty chilly!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (20 Aug 2011):

    Great as always Dick!!!!!!!!!!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (20 Aug 2011):

    A stunning collage of your dear buddies from years past, Richard!! I love the photos and the narrative. You have been blest in so many ways!!!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    SuperTych and a bit of your history..thumbs up to all!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    Terrific shots, love the campsite ones..

  • Raje Esteban

    Raje Esteban gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    A really engaging combination of narrative and photos. Thanks.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    Old friends are the best

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    Really old friends are the true and best friends!!! Love ...love the photos and the narrative.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    What stout men..and good friends..so invaluable these days...love this post...

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    a wonderful memories of friendship made to accompany this awesome collage.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (25 Aug 2011):

    Super memories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You look super...

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (27 Aug 2011):

    great collage

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (28 Aug 2011):

    Boys being boys. Camping is the best adventure in the world.

  • Esther K

    Esther K gave props (1 Sep 2011):

    What a beautiful dedication to your friends, Richard! True friendships are to be treasured!

  • Gary Benefield

    Gary Benefield said (7 Sep 2011):

    you are luck to have such great friends and times spent with them Richard. I can only wish to accumulate the same...all the best

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (20 Sep 2011):

    The Wild Ones are let loose ☺. What a great friendship between you all and another wonderful collage!

  • Stu

    Stu said (29 Oct 2011):

    Very cool. Oddly enough, I'm at Fort Carson right now...

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    sorry for the delay, a great big thank you, ely

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