Their stories may have touched on setting up the situation wherein one or the other of them made the decision to do this or that, but the specifics were stripped of the violence of battle. And, by the way, Carwood Lipton did not make a target of himself for Shifty in that scene, “Don’t miss, Shifty.” He didn’t have to – Shifty had the man in his sights. One shot, one kill. Shifty enjoys persuading people to his view by pointing to the spot between his eyes and nodding. It’s pretty funny to see.
What’s not funny is that his eyesight is deteriorating at a pretty good clip from a degenerative disorder that is closing his vision in each eye to a tunnel like area. He’s had some laser surgery on both, but “my shootin’ eye” is still workin’.” “And, I still drive … “ My jaw dropped. “But Shifty, that’s really dangerous!” “Well, it’s okay as long as I stay in the county where I know all the roads.” “Yipes!” I said. “’Course at night, it’s really hard.” And I’m thinking, “What are you … crazy, BK? What are you gonna tell this guy about dangerous?”
And that is one of the most poignant things about my visit to the Reunion … I found it so easy to talk to these fellas and their wives that I had to stop now and then and remind myself of who they were. And the next thought had to be … how many men in that age range, 15-20 years older than I, have I spoken with over the years and never knew really that they probably had a part in all that too? We were just so accustomed to honor their wishes and not ask.
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