A Soldier, A Father, A Hero
By: Jack Lightfine
These two pictures are of my father when he was 11 years old. When I was the same age as him, I looked at this pictures and just thought, "Wow! I look just like my dad!"
My father was an army ranger for six years. He went through officer school and resigned as a captain in the position of a generals aid.
This is a picture of my father, my grandfather and my older brother Stuart Lightfine. My father is sitting down and my grandfather is standing behind him. And Stuart is on his lap.
Highlight of Interview
A Memorable Moment
J: Hi, my name is Jack and I am interviewing my dad today. Thanks for letting me interview you!
D: Always happy to.
J: So dad, I know you were in the Army. How was it?
D: It's a mixture of many emotions Jack, you feel intimidation, apprehension, excitement and theres always an adrenaline rush. And behind all of this you feel the confidence of how well you've been trained to do this.
J: It must have been quite an experience then. Speaking of experience, how many conflicts were you in as a ranger?
D: I was in the 82nd Airborne Division which was a parachute regiment and served in two conflicts, one in Central America and one in Africa, they were both unrecognized conflicts.
J: Quite interesting, now, out of your whole career in the military, what was the most remarkable or memorable moment?
D: When I was a Generals Aid in Berlin in 1985, when the cold war was still going on, a major named Arthur D. Nickelson was murdered by the Soviets in a conflict, and in order to get his body back, we had to exchange two East Block and or Russian spies and one of the spies, was the daughter, of the head of the Czechoslovakian Secret Service making it a fair trade because the U.S. military left no man behind, dead or alive. I witnessed Major Nickelsons body being exchanged over the Glanic Abrooka(Had no clue how to spell this!)for two living human beings that all they cared about were their Western technology because they lived on the East, they had no such luxuries as the equipment of the West.
J: Quite the memorable moment! Thank you so much for letting me interview you, it was a pleasure.
D: No problem, glad to do it.
I did a compare and contrast essay on the education system today, compared to the past.
George Patton was my untouchable hero because he and my father were in the army, not together although everyone is a hero in their way.