He died aged just 59
from alcohol and smoking.
He battled emphysema
and was on oxygen tanks
for up to 16 hours a day
towards the end of his life.
He was a very heavy smoker
and liked the brown fluid.
It took its toll on him,
As with a lot of Vietnam veterans,
he picked up the habits
in the military
and brought it back home.
He served as a regular soldier
in the Vietnam War
and was “very proud” of his medals.
His death hit home to his fellow veterans
when they wrote a death notice.
They got a little bit emotional,
They pride themselves on being tough bastards
but started getting misty eyed.
They can't forget 40 years of friendship.