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It Pays To Wait

IF YOU WERE PAYING ATTENTION to a Flexible Voice written and published in July of 1998 I promised to keep you informed on the progress of my possible award of a highly meaningful decoration for my service in the army during World War II.

At the time the army mentioned that it might take them a year or so to make up their minds on this, and it might be a good idea to stay healthy in order to still be around at the time when they would decide.

Well last week I finally heard from them.

Of course they have been pretty busy with all of Clinton’s little wars, and that’s a good excuse for them having to think about this a long time. – And eighteen months isn’t such a big deal for something this important.

The news they sent was pretty darn good, though.

They didn’t think that my aiding the colonel from the same fox-hole in directing artillery fire of three battalions of field artillery with muzzles depressed against German tanks significant enough to warrant a Silver Star, but they were happy to send me a Bronze Star with a “v” for valor-under-fire device attached.

I really do not wish to appear ungrateful, and to be perfectly honest it is the most thrilling thing to happen in my life since I married Harriette fifty-six years ago this month. The fact that an enlisted man, in the person of Richard Knopf, retired professor of history at Kent State University and Ohio State had this on his mind for over fifty years, and decided to do something about it certainly proves the old adage to be true “that right and truth will prevail, if you have time and patience to wait a long time.”

I have been advised that there will be a full-scale presentation ceremony conducted by U. S. Senator, The Honorable James Inhofe. It will be in December during Congress recess.

It has all been worth the wait.

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William Haywood

It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of our friend Bill Haywood.

He had graced our home as an attendee at the Oklahoma City NAPA convention in 1991, and we had re-paid his visit by going to his convention in Canton a few years later.

His talent, tireless energy and dedication to our craft and hobby will be missed.

R. L. O. & H. G. O.

Together Always
by Harriette Orbach

Living together
No matter the weather
We love the time
No matter how short
No matter how long
It becomes our song
For we know we belong

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Handset in Bulmer and published monthly by Robert Orbach, Oklahoma City, Ok., 73116.

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