Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Mike on the Mend: In Memoriam

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that my USNA classmate, Colonel Mike Stahlman, had been seriously injured while on duty in Iraq. Unfortunately, the best the Navy doctors in Bethesda could do was not enough; Mike passed this Sunday, with his wife Kim by his side.
I had not seen Mike in many years, but I find myself now remembering him as a Midshipman - full of energy, enthusiastic, a natural leader. I imagine that those qualities did not diminish with time.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And have never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

Semper Fi, Mike. You will be missed.