â€œTHE LIEUTENANTSâ€ (FOR RENATO, LOWISON, and ELYSEO)
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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 â€“ the U.S. Armyâ€™s â€œMountain Division.â€
We were commissioned officers, although the rank of â€œlieutenantâ€ 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 Dakotaâ€™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.
Renatoâ€™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!
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