(Dedicated to Cholita Estampilla)
(feature photo courtesy of John Horrigan) You can read part 1 here:
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George E. Hand IV Master Sergeant US Army (ret) 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, SofRep Contributing Editor, Master Photographer
Tremendously personal vignette, carved out from the lives of two giants, not one. Thank you for sharing this story.
Reading this the second time, it helps to be able to read the comments and your responses, stimulates the mind reading others perspectives. You speak of giants that us mere mortals have only heard rumor of before. I always appreciate your distilling fact from scuttlebutt as it were, letting us know who these men really are. I had seen MSG Horrigan's name before; in my morbid curiosity over the years had browsed names on the memorial website on www.soc.mil, seeing a few names I'd crossed paths with in the past and many I'd never heard of that gave their all for their country, a mere pittance of a phrase to describe such sacrifice. The thought when reading the comments section was that before reading your articles, MSG Horrigan was a name on a memorial wall, briefly described in a biography there and a few short articles announcing his passing. Your sharing your memories with us has made him known, if only to a small degree to us. What you and John have been gracious enough to share with us gives a clearer image of the man behind the name. There is a comment here where you said "The years have given me the desire to write about them all." It came to mind, don't presume to totally understand your wishes, that there's the feeling of needing to share with the world the tale of the giants among whom you trod, to let the world know, giants are real. For my money, though I know its incidental to the story of one of your brothers, I appreciate you sharing some stories from Bosnia. My first two tours were over there and I enjoyed the place enough to return a couple of times on vacation. My profile photo on here was taken standing in the spot one Gospodin Princip was standing when discharging his pistol into the skull of a passing archduke. I look forward to your book when it comes out, hearing of more such adventures, of the exceptional men you shared them with.
All caught up... Thanks Geo.
Great article. Thanks George.