July: "Mississippi, After
My name is Reginald Johnson, and I am one the Red Cross volunteers
seen in one of the photographs. I am amazed and awed by the pictures
that Russell (Big Rus) took of the hurricane katrina SURVIVORS.
He did such an extraordinary job of capturing the pain and anguish
those families, individuals, male and female, young and old are
going through. His pictures reminds us all, those who went down
to help, those who sent food, clothing, money and prayers that the
relief effort has only begun. That the pain and anguish that the
people of the Gulf and New Orleans area are feeling are just in
the beginning stages. That it may indeed take a whole generation
to erase the trauma but not memories. You see as the world, yours
and mind keep moving along, their world still remains in disarray.
Let's not forget those images but realize those pictures are of
real people, in real pain, who will continue to need our help for
some time to come. They are, without a doubt, the most sweetest,
kindness, inspirational people I have ever met. God keep them strong.
I would like to also personally thank Big Rus for telling their
story in his way. I am so proud to have seen Rus do his thing with
the utmost compassion and respectability. He is an amazing photographer
but more importantly he is an absolutely amazing human being. GREAT
"Death of a Responsible Man"
I am truly sorry for your loss and the loss to our Pennsylvania
and National Community of a Concern Citizen. The photos express
the true sorrow to Sherwood’s Family. But, I do like
the “Who’s Your Baghdaddy” tee shirt Debbi Baker
is wearing, but that is not the reason for the memo.
Who is the Half Ass “O” Grade (Officer) in Utilities
(Cammies) giving Sherwood’s widow a Medal? Lets get
some respect and discipline here for the family’s sacrifice
and at least be in Class A dress uniform when giving formally to
Next of Kin, Our Nation’s Medals.
Honor The Warriors, Not The War.
John J Kline (USMC 1959-64, Life VFW Mem.)
To Dante Zappala and all of Sherwood's Precious Family:
What a remarkable essay, and a fitting tribute to a remarkable young
man. It is easy for a stranger to say I share your grief, when,
of course, only those who knew Sherwood can. But please accept that
I respect your brother's sacrifice. And I thank you for the beautiful
Even though I, like you, Dante, knew from the beginning that this
was an insanely wrong-headed and unjustified war, I still feel that
Sherwood died for me and my family, and for all who did not serve
in Iraq, because he followed a deep sense of duty and honor and
patriotism - even though that fine feeling was misused by our dreadfully
incompetent (and in my opinion, criminal) leaders. I am glad your
family continues to protest.
There are so many things I, too, could say about the way we are
following the wrong road in this nation today. But I will save that
for my own writings on the subject. (I am an inveterate and indefatigable
letters-to-editor person. Although, sadly, it did not help enough
last year.) The main thing to remember here is the goodness and
love of Sherwood. And anyone who has the good fortune to come in
contact with his dear wife and son should not fail to pass on the
gratitude of all of us, out here, who owe him a debt.
May God bless you family.
read Mr. Zappala's words before, but now accompanied by photographs,
they are even more poignant. My son, who just turned 18, joined the
Marine reserves and is now in boot camp. Selfishly, I hope he never
gets sent to Iraq.
I don't think I could be nearly as gracious as this family has been.
Kelly N. Wagner
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