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Thanates Scyntor
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 Post Posted: Sun, January 04th 2009 12:51pm    Post subject: A Moment Of Silence
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Lester Conrad, my grandfather and veteran of World War II, passed away at 1209 Zulu today.

He had been fighting a losing battle with Alzheimer's for nearly three years, and still was able to remember and cognate some of the most obscure details of his life. He was in a VA hospital, where even in his illness he managed to win a fight against a more powerful opponent: A hospital that had been taking advantage of the patients under its care.

He was a tank driver in Africa during World War II, attached to the 5th Infantry, the force that went against Field Marshal Rommel's forces. In his first tour, the tank he was driving was hit by artillery. The commander and gunner were both killed, and he survived for three days wedged between the track of the tank and the undercarriage, before being rescued by Allied forces. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for his injuries.

But this wasn't enough. He got a false ID, signed up again, and was deployed. It wasn't until after he was shot that the facade was broken and people found out who he was. For his bravery and his incessant need to do what he knew was right, he was awarded his third Purple Heart and the Presidential Citation.

A man of few words, he didn't talk with me about the hell he had seen abroad... but on retrospect, I remember seeing ghosts of it in his eyes. He always did what needed to be done, not because he felt the compulsion to do it, but he knew that it was the right thing and it NEEDED to be done. Brilliant and unassuming, memories of him are among the happiest of my childhood.

My friends, the character of Thanates Scyntor would not exist, were it not for him. It is the inspiration of his courage on the battlefield, of his abilities with machinery, and of his uncanny ability to find a simple solution to almost any problem that provide me with the drive to make this character live. I ask not for your sympathy, but your remembrance of a conflict that shook the world. The greatest gift you can give to a veteran is the vow that their struggle is not forgotten... and is not in vain.
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 Post Posted: Sun, January 04th 2009 01:09pm    Post subject:
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RIP.
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 Post Posted: Sun, January 04th 2009 02:40pm    Post subject:
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My condolences, Rory.
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 Post Posted: Sun, January 04th 2009 03:35pm    Post subject:
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I'm sure his life will not be unremembered.
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 Post Posted: Sun, January 04th 2009 03:48pm    Post subject:
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He lives in you still, Rory.
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 Post Posted: Sun, January 04th 2009 09:23pm    Post subject:
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Rest in peace. v_v
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 Post Posted: Wed, January 07th 2009 06:05pm    Post subject:
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Sorry for your loss Rory. Your grandfather was a true hero.
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 Post Posted: Thu, January 08th 2009 02:44am    Post subject:
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Sorry to hear that, Rory. My heart goes out to you.
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