Friday, June 13, 2008
For a Friend I Never Got to Meet
Sometime in the late eighties I took a friend to the VA hospital. While I was waiting, a man had a computer printout of the POWs and MIAs. As I looked through the pages, I passed by what I thought was last name Derringer. I backed up to see what would be the first name of someone named after a gun. I turned out to be Dillender, William Edward. Then a chill hit me as I saw his D.O.B 10-06-51. The same as mine.
As I sit there I tried to think what I was doing when I was 19. I thought about him often. In the middle nineties when I got my computer I would go to Memorial Wall site a lot. It took a while with a dial-up modem at 28K. So every year on my birthday I always celebrated it with William. I don't know if he is my older friend or younger friend, perhaps I never will. I just know he is my friend that I never got to meet. I understand his remains were found and that he was sent home to his family. I wanted to get a bracelet before his name was removed the list. I will always wear it. And that's that.
Posted by Rob on 6/13/2008