(This story was shared by Delaner Rece's daughter, Carie Hawkins. It shows the bonds created between veterans who serve together.)
This weekend the Rece family of Leachville had a joyful yet tearful day of memories retold of a past time shared by two United States Army veterans during their basic training and deployment.
Delaner "R.D." Rece, who passed away April 16, 2009, and Rondell Edwin Pitcock were two young men who were drafted after the Korean Conflict. Basic training was in Fort Hood Texas, Company A. 2nd Armor Division Hell on Wheels stationed in Hanau, Germany.
Mr. Pitcock and family drove over six hours from Louisville, Ky., to salute a friend and fellow veteran.
Mr. Pitcock's wife and daughter had spent many hours trying to locate Mr. Rece when they ran across his obituary in the Town Crier.
The families met for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 8. They were welcomed to Leachville by Mr. Rece's wife, Linda, and daughter, Carie Hawkins. Mr. Pitcock and his wife Barbara brought pictures to share with the Rece family of times the comrades had spent in Germany and from basic training.
Pitcock remembered his friend as being a tender hearted man who was a jack of all trades.
Rece served as a medic in the army.
The two young men were drafted with Elvis Presley and had worked closely with him. Mr. Pitcock had fond memories of a man that had since passed away. Some of the memories Pitcock shared with his friend's family included cleaning the latrine with someone else's toothbrush and getting tattoos after having a few too many.
Tears were shed when the Pitcocks looked through family photos seeing how the young man had aged and turned so frail.
The families concluded their day of sharing stories by going to the cemetery where Pitcock placed flags on a fellow veteran and friend's grave, saluted and prayed.
This was taken from a bookmark chosen by Mr. Rece:
"Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh."