It was good time teasing between the three of you. PG is a man of integrity, a man to be admired. From some previous texts it was obvious he was not doing well. I know our good Lord will be watching over him. I will keep him in prayer. Thanks for this info Slats.
I spent quite some time on the phone this morning with 'PoppaGringo,' aka 'Salty'. I wish to address all OPPers regarding our relationship and bits of that conversation.
Over our years on OPP, we have become especially close. This, in spite of my living in Central Texas and him in greater San Diego, California. Perhaps it came about soon after we became acquainted through the OPP forum, due to our both being USMC combat Veterans...he of Korea, myself of Viet Nam. For whatever reason, we hit it off. Both of us being Marines, he soon started calling me 'Boot,' while I reciprocated by calling him 'Salty.' Marines on OPP will understand both in the text of each serving as terms of enduring & endearing respect.
We have visited with one another on both home grounds and maintain steady contact via phone and email. In the past, when he was active on OPP, we also maintained close communication through PMs. As we have met several of each others family, we have also become as family ourselves. Thus, it saddens me to provide the following update that had been requested by several OPPers as of late. I was given permission to share this info.
Salty now describes himself as totally disabled. He is unable to walk or take care of himself, and recently moved in with his retired Naval Officer son. His daughter is now visiting with him, and in the near future, he will be traveling back to Florida with her for continuous home care in her residence. We discussed the likelihood of our working out a plan where we could all spend some time together in Texas on their way back to Florida by car.
I will point out that he & I had disagreements on...among other things, politics. However, nothing stood or stands between our common bond as proud American Veterans. A note: One thing he had asked keeping quiet about on the forum was his being a POW during the Korean conflict. Upon his return to the states after Korea, he had suffered criticism as a result of being a POW and was sensitive to such. BTW, he was injured and unconscious from incoming artillery fire when captured. I now reveal that because it explains to a even higher degree the level of sacrifice he made in service to our great nation. It also adds to the reasons I revere the man.
I ask that each of you who know/knew of Salty (or even if you didn't) give pause when you can and, in the manner you choose, address his health and well-being via prayers, best wishes, thoughts, etc.. He is as fine an individual as I've ever known and deserves all the love, honor and respect we can send.
SEMPER FI, Salty
I spent quite some time on the phone this morning ... (show quote)
As you know I often wondered where he was and suspected more was up to it all.. He is a man of honor so very true and he is a fine gentleman as well..
I wish him well and will keep him in my prayers and lifted by He above..
It saddens me to read this Slat, although I am very grateful to you for letting us all know..
As I sat reading this I thought of our exchanges and the ever so beautiful music he would on occasion post back, the epitome of fine music never escaped him and was perfect in describing him although that was never his intention...
Please, the next time you speak with him tell him hello and love him much..
Such an amazing man with absolutely nothing to regret especially being a POW!!!!!!!
LOL! I get a little riled up talking about this idiot, Beto. I have been in Dallas for a while now and seeing the thousands of Beto signs all over the place and in peoples yards is disheartening. It means that words doesn't actually matter to the left, or it means that they are just too stupid to know he's a lying fool/imposter. Who and what are my neighbors, really??
Unfortunately they do not care~~He’s another fraud~~