Thursday, July 19, 2007

This Guy Was An Army Ranger...

...and an NBC news military analyst. He died suddenly today. A decorated hero. If you could trust anyones assessment of how things were going in either of the Gulf Wars, this was the guy.

When they reported it on the news this evening they said he died suddenly after a brief illness. I never have understood that depiction of death. You die from blunt force trauma, or a heart attack, or a long bout with cancer. A brief illness? Like diabetes took your ass out suddenly. Or shingles or Lupus shut you down? It reminds me of that actor on Law and Order that died like in two days, after a "brief illness". Turned out to be prostate cancer. My guess is that in this case it's the same thing. Not many brief illnesses kill your ass. Pneumonia, maybe, but this guy was a warrior, and only 67, so I doubt it was that.

What puzzles me is how you don't know you have PCa. Nevertheless, his service is honored. He served his country with honor and fortitude.


Blogger Queen of Dysfunction said...

I never understood the whole "brief illness" thing either until my husband's grandmother died of one last year.

She went into the hospital on Christmas with stomach pains thinking she had a simple problem related to eating too much at Christmas dinner and just never left. She died in the ICU two days later. Brief illness.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Brewer said...

General Downing was a hell of a 1LT and never slowed down. Over the past 35 years or so he exemplified the motto "Lead, Follow, or Get the Hell out of the Way" He's the kind of man/leader you readily follow.

Warriors rarely falter, they just drop. It should be sudden.

3:13 PM  

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