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Letter to the Editor: One of the Greatest
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Tom Brokaw popularized the term "the greatest generation" as the title of his 1998 book. Brokaw profiled American members of a generation who suffered through the Great Depression, went on to fight in World War II, and those who contributed to the war effort at home. Brokaw wrote that it was a generation that fought not for fame or recognition, but because it was the "right thing to do." Sadly, we lost a member of that generation this week Harold Bauch. Anyone who knew Harold would attest to the fact that he was an all-around good man and to me personally a good friend. I first met Harold in 2005 through his cousin Pat with whom he was boarding, we had just moved here permanently from back east. Eventually, Harold, Pat, and I formed a troika to discuss all the country's problems not solving any of them, but we always had a good time. Also during our get-togethers, we learned a little bit about each other's backgrounds. Specifically with Harold, I learned he spent his childhood in Florida and at the outset of World War II he joined the Navy. He served with the aviation arm of the Navy becoming a crew member in a TBF (torpedo/bomber aircraft). His specific roles were that of radioman/bombardier/ventral gunner, a courageous act while carrying out his duties earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross no, he never offered up the specific details, but I've found that men of his caliber never do. After the war, Harold continued in the Navy serving 20 years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. Civilian life was spent as an accountant in various positions. Another part of Harold was that he was a devout Catholic, never compromising his beliefs in his church and actively participating in various capacities. The man Harold was and the way he lived his life, rest assured he is in a good place, but another passing of one of the greatest generation makes the world just a little emptier place.

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