A very good friend of mine moved on to Valhalla yesterday. Probably not of much interest to many here, but he is most certainly worth a mention. Many years after discharge, I started life again as a nurse, and aswell as working in acute care, I worked on a casual basis in long term care. I consider my self honoured to have made friends with a very select group of individuals. Patrick, who died yesterday, I met a couple of years ago in the long term care facility I pick up hours in. I met him the first time when I went to his room to debride and dress an ulcer on his heel. He was starting to develop dementia, which worsened over the next few years. However, Patrick still had interesting stories to tell. Over his bed hung a picture of a very young man wearing a Denison smock and a Parachute Regiment beret and badge. It turns out that Patrick volunteered for airborne during the war, and took part in all of the major drops. I consider myself fortunate to have been given a first hand acount of Arnhem by someone who was there. thanks mate. Now, that not being enough, on the lower floor I have a patient/resident who just happens to be German. He was a founding member of the Calgary Gliding Club, and has many pictures of his gliding days. he was generous enough to share with me his picture album. Now, this guy, like Patrick is nails aswell. he was a WWII Falschirmjager, who moved on to be a Glider Pilot, and was part of the group that took part in Op. Eiche, the Grand Sasso raid to liberate Mussonlini with Skorzeny. He piloted one of the gliders used to land the troops involved, again, he is a mine of information. Turns out the place is full of them, I have a Firefly commander from Normandy, a Chindit, a Royal Engineer Officer from Africa/Italy, a German Nurse that finished up working in one of the Berlin flak towers in 45. There are two ex merchant marine sailors that sailed the North routes to Russia. It is unfortunate that I did not record Patrick when I had the chance, but I do remember in detail his recolections, but i am most certainly going to start taping what the others have to say if they are willing. Anyway, for any airborne bretheren of Patrick out there, raise him a glass!