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Jonathan Awl

Postby jimbo1 on Mon Aug 15, 2005 10:10 pm

Heya guys, and Rusty...

I looked up an old friend of mine from "A" school, Jonathan Awl, using zabasearch, and called his house. Now, I haven't heard anything from Jon since maybe 1990 when he was on the Nassau, LHA-4. When I called I got ahold of his dad and he told me that Jon died in 1992 likely the result of GWS, although an autopsy wasn't able to confirm anything. Apparently Jon had a crazy rash all over his body and was unable to keep food down for some time, in months, before his death. He laid down on a couch one afternoon for a nap and never got up again. I felt like a complete moron for making his dad re-live the whole thing because he was the one who found him.

Anyway, for those who knew him, you know that Jon was one-of-a-kind and would do anything for a friend. To me, he was among the craziest, devil-may-care people I've ever met and was largely responsible for my sanity on my first time out on MI. Every trip I ever made anyway off the base, whether it was to Lake Tahoe, the desert, or down to Muir woods, generally included most of the people from our class (8626) all packed into Jon's red Chevy Citation that spewed oil like dragon's breath. On a trip along the coastal highway, we were certain that the guy in the car behind us was going to drive right off the mountain side, not seeing the next turn because he was lost in our smoke screen. Jon was also the guy who was willing to lend me his credit card, his idea, to pay for an airplane ticket ($600.00+) when I was a boot seaman deuce who barely made any money- you ALL know what I'm talking about there.

I could go on, but this probably isn't the right place for it. I did, however, want to let y'all know that our small community got a little smaller- only I didn't know it (or anyone else for that matter). Rest in peace, Jon- you crazy bastard. The next drink I have will be in your memory, bud.
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Postby herring on Mon Aug 15, 2005 11:02 pm

Jim...thank you for taking the time to share that with us. I know it was hard for you. You gave him an amazing eulogy...and my personal belief is that he knows.

and Jim, you picked the right place. you picked the perfect place.

Rest In Peace, Jonathan.
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Postby Rick Ward on Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:16 am

Perry or John - can you repost this thread to in memory of..

Jim, when it is my time I hope there is one person who thinks so well of me.
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Postby brainwave on Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:18 pm

I have always wondered if any of us have GWS. I might of had some small symptoms but nothing that bad. And I never went to the Gulf so I thought I was probably fine but it makes you wonder Just what the hell is it?
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Postby ds2don on Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:09 pm

Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I obviously didn't know him, but from your brief description he sounds like the kind of person I would very much have enjoyed sharing company with.
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