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I have been dreaming of my brother since 1950 and think of him all
the time. It feels good to learn about him and connect with men with whom
he was in battle. Don was 18 when KIA 7/11/1950; 16 when he enlisted! He
lied about his age, which I guess was quite common back then. And another
thing I just learned is that my parents did not sign, but the mother of a
friend. One of my other brothers informed me of this as a result of my
sending him copies of the research I've done. Actually, by brothers knew
just about everything. But no one ever talked about it so I've lived with
these fantasies of Don maybe being a POW and alive all of these years.
Poor little guys.
They go down in history among the wonderful men who sacrificed themselves
for our way of life, and not so incidentally their families who sacrificed
their member and his contribution to their lives together. Poor Moms'
giving birth and then having to experience the death in battle only 17 or 18
Keep Richard in your heart and mind. I always have Don listed with
Mom and Daddy in the church bulletin on feast days and other times when we
can have memorials. He is NOT forgotten!
He is still the love of my life!
Thanks for writing and caring about your brother too.
-Gernilee Carter (Don's little sister)
>From: "HC Cannon" <email@example.com>
>To: "Gernilee Carter Gramling" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 23:09:29 -0500
>Dear Gernilee,Thanks for the info.it will help a lot, My brothers name was
>Richard D. Espinoza,7 Cav Rgt(Inf)1 Cav Div. Have found out where he was on
>November 29,1950,Seems the chinese came across and things got really
>you believe that reg. is now here in Texas!They have a page describing the
>battle.He had written us earlier,can't remember from where,that he was
>scared,he was only 17. That haunts me still.Knowing how I feel after all
>this time you will be in my prayers. am not a fanatic but I do believe in
>prayer.After having lived thru WW2 with 2 brothers in service,both came
>home, and all the others,with nephews in them and now family members in the
>police force,lost my older brother on duty after going thru the war.he
>home to that. Will keep looking hope you find what you are looking for.
>Have not heard from anyone who knew him,I don't believe I will from sound
>things. Thanks for listening,my family is living all over and I'm in Texas.
>Email me anytime. Donna Cannon
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