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Mon May 31, 2021, 10:05 AM

a thread for one of our own on this memorial day.

cliffordu lost his battle w als on feb 10 of this year.

i got close to cliff on fb a few years ago, and we were planning how to get together when he started getting sick.
i posted a few threads here about his dx, and his battle at the time.

i did get to meet him in the brief period when he was living an apt w a caregiver, but he soon returned to the va hospital in portland.
he got married while there, and his wife louise was at his side every day thereafter.
i think she was a sweetheart from his past but i never did find out.

als has been determined to be a service related disability, so he was able to get good care.

he was an amazing person, poet, musician and friend.
he was also a handsome devil.
i miss him and think of him often, but esp today.

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Reply a thread for one of our own on this memorial day. (Original post)
mopinko May 2021 OP
MarineCombatEngineer May 2021 #1
hlthe2b May 2021 #2
Solly Mack May 2021 #3
UpInArms May 2021 #4
panader0 May 2021 #5
malaise May 2021 #6
mopinko May 2021 #7
blm May 2021 #13
catchnrelease May 2021 #26
malaise May 2021 #27
sarge43 May 2021 #29
Duppers May 2021 #8
blm May 2021 #12
MustLoveBeagles May 2021 #45
cilla4progress May 2021 #9
mopinko May 2021 #20
cilla4progress May 2021 #31
MarineCombatEngineer May 2021 #10
blm May 2021 #11
c-rational May 2021 #14
Hortensis May 2021 #15
mopinko May 2021 #51
BobTheSubgenius May 2021 #16
MiHale May 2021 #17
CoopersDad May 2021 #18
Hekate May 2021 #19
ancianita May 2021 #21
greatauntoftriplets May 2021 #22
sheshe2 May 2021 #23
marble falls May 2021 #24
mopinko May 2021 #41
Iggo May 2021 #25
H2O Man May 2021 #28
sarge43 May 2021 #30
cilla4progress May 2021 #32
sarge43 May 2021 #36
cilla4progress May 2021 #39
malaise May 2021 #52
sarge43 May 2021 #56
COL Mustard May 2021 #33
Karadeniz May 2021 #34
Warpy May 2021 #35
kentuck May 2021 #37
Evolve Dammit May 2021 #38
mopinko May 2021 #43
Kali May 2021 #40
ProfessorGAC May 2021 #42
MustLoveBeagles May 2021 #44
lillypaddle May 2021 #46
uppityperson May 2021 #47
grantcart May 2021 #48
mopinko May 2021 #50
mahina Jun 2021 #57
CaptainTruth May 2021 #49
Frustratedlady May 2021 #53
Cha May 2021 #54
Meowmee May 2021 #55

Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:08 AM

1. RIP cliffordu.



And to all the Veteran's and DU Veteran's lost over the years to natural causes and not so natural causes.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:13 AM

2. Thank you for that remembrance. RIP, cliffordu.

You are missed and the service and sacrifice that cost you your life remembered.


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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:15 AM

3. ...

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:26 AM

4. Thank you, mopinko

I did not know ...

So sad he lost that battle ...



Rest well, Clifford

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:36 AM

5. Here's to cliffordu.

Another to remember is pinboy3niner. Best pun guy ever.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:37 AM

6. Thank you for this

Can I add Pinboy3niner to your thread - I do miss his wit.

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:43 AM

7. absolutely.

another of our finest.

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:04 AM

13. Made me laugh so many times.

🕯

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:19 PM

26. The King of Puns!

Probably my all time favorite DUer.

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Response to catchnrelease (Reply #26)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:21 PM

27. Loved him

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:22 PM

29. Joining you.

Rest in light, Pinboy. Duty done.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:46 AM

8. Stonepounder is gone too.

No personal details - he posted in one of his last posts in 2020 that he was dying.



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Response to Duppers (Reply #8)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:03 AM

12. 🕯Stonepounder🕯

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Response to Duppers (Reply #8)

Mon May 31, 2021, 01:44 PM

45. RIP

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:51 AM

9. What a touching remembrance!

Thank you.

RIP cliffordu

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #9)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:43 AM

20. he really touched my heart.

he came out of his battle w addiction committed to helping his fellow man, and always being kind.
he was a mentor to many. i met a few of them, and their devotion was obvious.

i can only hope to earn such love.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #20)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:33 PM

31. Wow.

What a special soul.

I remember his presence here, but that's the extent of it. Your remembrance and stories bring him to life for me.

Thank you.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:51 AM

10. Scrolling through the In Memorium forum,

I see several Vets who have lost their battles,

GGJohn
Pinboy3niner
cliffordu
etc.

Didn't know most of them, but I did enjoy going back and reading their posts.

War is Hell.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:02 AM

11. 🕯cliffordu🕯

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:16 AM

14. ...a lovely tribute- remembrance...

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:20 AM

15. "Here's the thing: I know how to live my life. Your mileage may vary."

Clifforu's signature line.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #15)

Mon May 31, 2021, 04:52 PM

51. he lived it, too.

so stubborn. in a good way.
he wanted to just give up at first, and "die on my feet", but in the end he stubbornly cling to every day.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:20 AM

16. A farewell toast to cliffordu, however belated.

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Mon May 31, 2021, 11:26 AM

17. ...

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:29 AM

18. ...

R.I.P Clifford.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:37 AM

19. ******



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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:43 AM

21. Thank you, mopinko.

RIP, cliffordu.

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Mon May 31, 2021, 11:48 AM

22. ...

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 11:58 AM

23. RIP cliffordu

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:03 PM

24. Beautiful tribute, mo! ...

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Response to marble falls (Reply #24)

Mon May 31, 2021, 01:31 PM

41. looks like it needs some updating.

not sure how to go about that.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:10 PM

25. Aw, man!

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:22 PM

28. Recommended.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:27 PM

30. Rest in peace, cliffordu.

My husband, TSgt Jim, died the same day.

In loving memory for all who served.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #30)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:34 PM

32. Oh no...

blessings to you sarge43, and thank you for letting us know.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #32)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:40 PM

36. Thank you

I did post that evening.

Everyone was so kind. It meant more than I can say.

He wasn't a DUer, but he did enjoy reading some of the posts. "That's savage; I like it."

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #36)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:43 PM

39. Sweet

Hugs

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #30)

Mon May 31, 2021, 06:54 PM

52. Deepest sympathy

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Response to malaise (Reply #52)

Mon May 31, 2021, 07:42 PM

56. Thank you, malaise n/t

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:36 PM

33. Thank You For Posting This

ALS is one of those conditions where itís automatically considered service connected, so if youíre a veteran or you know one, please make sure you apply for VA disability.

Iím very sorry about your friend.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:38 PM

34. I hadn't heard... So glad he was able to be surrounded by love and caring...thank you for making

His transition better...

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:39 PM

35. RIP, cliffordu

He was a great poster while he was with us. I'm sorry that I didn't know his diagnosis, sorry I didn't know he died from it. I lost a cousin to ALS about 10 years ago, it's a miserable way to leave life.

He will be missed.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:43 PM

37. Long may his memory thrive.

I remember clifford from the earlier days.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:43 PM

38. Glad you got to know him. Today is tough for many. Hope Louise is doing OK. And you.

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Response to Evolve Dammit (Reply #38)

Mon May 31, 2021, 01:38 PM

43. i am too.

he made me a little better person. worth the hurt of missing him.
funny how much effect such a short relationship can have on you.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:45 PM

40. to cliffordu

and the other DU veterans who have passed (thinking also of pinboy and mfm)

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 01:35 PM

42. Nice Post, Mo! (nt)

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 01:43 PM

44. RIP cliffordu

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 02:27 PM

46. RIP Cliffordu

and all the others who made such grave sacrifices.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 02:37 PM

47. Thanks for letting us know. This is sad.

One of the few duers I've gotten to meet in person. RIP.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 02:45 PM

48. A great spirit who fought a long battle with demons he eventually conquered

and helped others conquer.

For years he moved only by bike and completed cross country trips.

It was a privilege to know him in real life.

Mopinko went out of her way to help him when he was in desperate straights. She is among the best of us.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #48)

Mon May 31, 2021, 04:50 PM

50. p'shaw. i did so little compared to those that he had helped.

those that were there were so good to him.

he was delivering food by bike before he got sick, trying to get in shape for a cross country ride.
that was when we were going to meet. and i was gonna kidnap him and keep him in chi.

i lifted his spirits in my week w him, tho. i've never met a more tender soul.

re your comments, i dont think i deserve them, there are so many here who do so much more than i, but i thank you from the bottom of my heart. coming from you i am blushing and it's getting dusty in here.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #48)

Tue Jun 1, 2021, 07:45 AM

57. It's good to see you here Grantcart. You were really missed.

Thatís all, aloha.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 03:03 PM

49. Thank you for such a heartfelt post...




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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 07:08 PM

53. I also lost my husband to ALS, so I understand some of what he went through.

Rest in peace.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 07:26 PM

54. Rest in Power & Peace, cliffordu..💙🌺

Mahalo for letting us know, mopinko

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 07:38 PM

55. Very sad

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