When we started this forum in October 2006, we had no idea what we were doing, but we knew one thing: we wanted Craig Pickrall to come aboard and share his wealth of knowledge about militaria. He seemed to have collected at least one of everything, including its tech manual and original contract specifications. Throughout this forum (especially in the Field Gear and Reference sections) you will find his posts full of details and photos. He has co-authored books for collectors and his contributions to this forum cumulatively might equal a few more books, at the least.
For more than 7 years Craig was there for this forum and its members: cheerfully answering questions that had been asked and answered many times before, providing thoughtful counsel on major decisions involving the operation and policies of the forum and being, in general, just a heck of a nice guy.
Earlier this year he shared with us that something had changed, that a health problem would mean less time spent on the forum, but he still checked in when he could. Then, it reached the point that his energy had to be devoted to self and family, but his wife took time to keep us updated.
Today came the news that Craig had passed away, sad news even though we knew it was inevitable.
God Bless him, Charlotte and family.
And Craig - say hi to Greg Robinson for us when you see him.
The photo above combines a picture of him dressed up for a family event with a background of the James River where he kayaked during his getaways in the Blue Ridge Mountains.