I first met John in high school. I was a friend of his sister, Molly.
We didn't date, but we would see each other around school. He
was a member of the football team. I don't know what position he
played. At the end of his senior year he joined the U.S.Marine Corp.
I think he was sent to the Pacific Theater. We corresponded for awhile
and we dated when he got back. I had already met someone else, so
sadly I had to refuse to see him any more. But I was impressed by his
devotion to his family and country. It came as no surprise to me, when
later I read in the newspaper an account of his bravery under fire in Vietnam,
that he sacrificed his life by substituting for a buddy on that fateful day.
HE WAS A TEAM PLAYER!