I hope you’re having a meaningful Memorial Day.

Posted: 5/24/2020

It’s the Memorial Day weekend, and many of us are thinking of shipmates we lost along the way. In central Ohio, there are typically many notable events and places where you can reflect and honor fallen servicemembers for their extraordinary sacrifices. Unfortunately, under the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, such gatherings have been curtailed, so I offer something you could do something virtually.


Check out the Naval Academy’s virtual Memorial Hall at https://usnamemorialhall.org. The site has excellent photos and class information, as well as extended biographies and links to other resources. Of the 109 Ohio Honorees there are five from Columbus:
Gordon Cone, 2LT, USMC (’29 age 25)
Harold E. Fisher, LTJG, USN (’42 age 22)
James H. Eversole, ENS, USN (’43 age 23)
Theodore Tallmadge, CAPT, USAF (’53 age 27)
Brian L. Cardiff, LTJG, USN (’73 age 25)


I am struck by how young they were when they died, and it reminds me of something President Reagan said, “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A veteran does not have that problem.”


I hope that you and your families have a pleasant and safe weekend.
Go Navy,

Tony Konecny

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