Ten years ago on this day before Veterans' Day, I officiated at the funeral of my uncle, Michael Henry Clark in the Santa Fe national Cemetery. A U.S. Navy color guard provided the ceremony for this combat veteran of WWII and Korea.
|Mike and my Dad, the war years
He was the last of the five living "Clark boys" from Comanche, OK, (Terrence, Louis, Rex, Mike and Champ) my favorite uncle, and perhaps the closest brother to my father Terrence, the oldest. I took me a while to figure that out, since my middle name comes from him. "Llamarse como," he would say.
|Mike and I, Bandelier, years ago
|Mike, Susan and I in the bar at La Fonda, a few years ago
And the last photo is my sketch of the Manzano Mountains, southeast of Albuquerque, the day after the funeral on a somber Veterans' Day, as I looked out the window from the airport, waiting on a flight home.
Rest in Peace, Sailor.
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