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Prayers to his family.

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Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less."

GEN Robert E. Lee

 

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Very sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in eternal Peace and may his family have comfort and our deepest condolences.

 

Leigh

"Pain is only Weakness Leaving the Body"

MSG Leigh E Smith Jr
US Army (Retired)

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R.I.P. Sir!

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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I did not know him personally but Gary was always helpful and willing to share his knowledge with me and other forum members. Judging from that, I can only imagine how great a loss this is to his family and friends that did know him. My prayers and thoughts go out to them.

 

God bless you in the next life Gary.

 

Craig

Thank you to all that have served our country and to your families that have sacrificed without your presence at home. Thank you to all that have given their lives for my freedom and to their families that suffer. May God bless you!

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Gosh, I am really sorry to hear this sad news. USGI blade and bayonet collectors have just lost a friend and a historian whose careful and thorough analyses over the years have illuminated the way for the rest of us in our search for solid, accurate information. Gary was always on the hunt for reliable facts and evidence. He was unwilling to leap to conclusions or make assumptions when the evidence was weak or non-existent. We are all the poorer for his passing.

 

Godspeed, Gary, and thank you for what you accomplished. You made your mark and you did it the right way.

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sad when a forum member is lost. didnt know him but, hear he was a good guy. RIP, will be missed

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Very sad news. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I feel priviliged to have collaborated with him on M7 bayonets and M8A1 scabbards. He will be missed.

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The bayonet cannot be abolished for the reason, if for no other, that it is the sole and exclusive embodiment of that willpower which, alone, both in war and everyday life, attains its object.General M. I. Dragomirov

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