Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ricky L. Cornell, 1948-1968

The flags at the Memorial bear witness
to the south wind this morning.
This was a good, brisk morning for a run. Frost again, and I was glad to have my gloves. Even though I waited until 8 to head out, more than half of my first two miles was run in morning shadow, and the frozen mud crunched in spots.

There were a few folks out for walks or runs or bike rides, and it was nice to share the morning with them.

When I got to the Memorial I realized that there was a south wind this morning... quite often the sign here in the Salinas Valley that rain is coming. Oh, but were that the case. We desperately need to break this three-year drought of ours. The above-average rainfall for December has trailed off to another period of "no rain in the foreseeable future".

This run was for Ricky L. Cornell.

If you're wondering why Twisselman is running for these men who died in the Vietnam War, check out the blog entry here that explains it.

Ricky L. Cornell

A 20-year-old U.S. Army Specialist from Salinas, Cornell was killed in action in Phuoc Long Province. 

Here are two entries from his page at

"Ricky was my cousin. I was 11 years old when he was killed in Vietnam. My last memory of him, was horseback riding with him. I was riding behind him and he stopped and started to tickle me. I laughed so hard I fell off the horse. And then we all laughed. I still think of him but not just on Memorial Day. His Mother and Father never really recovered from the loss of Ricky. I am sad that I never knew about this website until today. I am the first of the family to enter a Remembrance of Ricky, but I know I won't be the last. I miss you Ricky. Love Cindy" - Cindy Hisel 

 "I too, was very young when Ricky died. But I do remember the family get togethers. The fun and the laughter. Ricky was good with his cousins. And I'll never forget seeing my first bull up close and watching Ricky get on it. I thought he was the braviest person I had ever seen. There's always things that come up that remind me of him. And when I see his parents my heart breaks for them all over again. We love you Ricky!!!!" - Brenda Ratliff

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