Michael Dunham Fry
West Point, 1966
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Reggie Audibert on April 24, 2006:
I knew and liked Mike Fry when we were together at West Point, though we only met in classes we took together. Mike was an Olmstead scholar, and he had a distinguished military career. Mike went early to Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne Division, and was badly wounded there with an injury that bothered him greatly all his life. Nevertheless, Mike went on to have a distinguished military career, ending with his work on the National Security Council when G. Bush Sr. was President.
I'd gone fishing up in California's Sierra Mountains with Mike several times, and I once caught him releasing a nice trout back into the stream when he thought I wasn't looking. He couldn't bear to end a life, though we were planning a trout dinner that evening.
Mike was never without a West Point or a USMA 1966 hat -- never stopped being a proud graduate of the US Military Academy.
During the last ten years, Mike was a Big Brother to the young son of a single Mom, and always enjoyed and would never allow anything to conflict with his Big Brother contact. And finally, Mike was an hospice volunteer at the same time -- holding the hand and running errands for the terminally ill.
Mike's was a life well-lived, gracious, good humored, energetic, and kind-hearted.
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