Donald Edward Nowland
West Point, 1965
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Dick Knudson on August 19, 2017:
Today as the celebration of Don's life is taking place, I am thinking of him though I couldn't attend.
I had not known Don until we became company mates in I-2 cow year where a group of us became quite close. I was the fourth guy with Don, Tommy Thompson, and Bob Axley who were in the "Gray Ghost" cabal. We had a great deal of fun with that especially when we were able to have First Class privileges on Wednesday afternoons. We, along with many other classmates knew how to find the beer bars just out side the limits of where alcohol consumption was forbidden.
Firstie year, Don had to go on emergency leave immediately after returning from Christmas leave because his parents had been killed in a car accident on their way home from taking him to the airport for his return flight. It was a difficult time for Don and those who cared for him.
After graduation, I didn't see Don until September 1985 when I was the J-1 rep on a EUCOM IG team visit to USAREUR HQ where Don was in the G-3 section. During that week we were able to get caught up and for me to have dinner with him and his wife. The next time I saw him was two years ago at the 50th Reunion.
As has already been stated by others, Don was a great guy who always had a smile and was always in good spirits. On the occasions when we reconnected it was almost like we had just seen each other the previous day.
Don, farewell my brother and rest in peace!
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