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Old 01-28-2018, 01:44 PM  
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Commander Lt. Colonel Richard Knapp (ret.) of the 97th Air Refueling Squadron and Strategic Air Command. The only person that was a father to me. Born July 16, 1946 - passed January 19th 2016. The only man I ever truely admired, feared and respected.
Taught me everything I knew, well tried to at the best of his ability although I was a rebellious little shit.

He fought till the very end, liver-cancer, for 7 years, went blind in both eyes as well, but he never gave up. In the end, I was the one who made the call when he deteriorated past the point of recovery and he had signed some thing for the hospital to not help him and let him die. Had I not, he was going to blow his brains out so I chose the more peaceful way for him to go, under morphine and unconcious. But even then he wasn't ready to go. Did the best I can to take care of him, held him in my arms like a baby.

So that was the end, but in the beggining, I could recall being 3 years old and him visiting us, he was in his flight suit and about to head back to base and I sprayed him with the waterhose in the backyard, he was so pissed but I'm sure the guys back at the base had a good laugh. So many life lessons and memories but one I will never forget is when the family was arguing and fighting, and me as a young teen didn't take it very well. He pulled me aside and told me, "Just because the world is dysfunctional, doesn't mean you have to be." I'll never forget that. He never talked much but when he did, everyone listened.

He served in Vietnam, Panama, Kuwait and Irak (first gulf war.) retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel but he wasn't done yet, a true workaholic, he started work again as a flight instructor at the simulators on base, preparing the future pilots. A true bad ass, a man of integrity and honor, and never knew the meaning of surrender. Defiant till the end.

I can never live up to what he was, but I will pass down what he taught me to my little brother (whom is 13 now) and future children (if that is still viable). His words and guidance continue to serve me well today.

Godspeed, Old man.
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:12 PM   #11
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Fine write up Vile.

RIP G'Pa.
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