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My Dear Uncle BJ Passed Away On June 30th

Our family has sent young men to war in every war from the Civil War onwards. To the best of my knowledge, no family member has died in any of these wars. Only two family members were ever wounded in time of war-Uncle BJ and I. We both served in the US Navy. He was wounded in Korea. He was standing in line to get donuts from the USO when a North Korean artillery shell air burst and he got a shrapnel wound. I also got hit by shrapnel in the chin during the Vietnam War. If I had been hit 2 inches higher, I would have lost an eye. If I had been hit two inches lower, it would have sliced my jugular vein and I would have died. My Purple Heart certificate was sent to Elena over 35 years later

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About tatamkuluafrica

I am a man who has lived n 6 of the 7 continents. I first arrived in Africa on April 18, 1981. Africa has been a part of my life since. I spent 8 months living in a Xhosa village in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I was given he nickname Tatamkulu Africa. In Xhosa it means "Grandfather Africa." In April of 1994 I was allowed to vote in the first democratic election in South Africa..I was honored to be part of such a historical moment. It was a beautiful and a magical day.

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