William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 29, June, 2009

Misplaced Priorities

Filed under: In Memoriam,Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 10:55

The advent of mass communications at the turn of the last century lead to the rise of the personality. People who are famous for, well, being famous. The mass media was a driving force behind this, because it gives them something to talk about. I can think of no other reason for the existence of People magazine, for example.
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With all the brouhaha about the deaths of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Billy Mays, which are still percolating. There are other folks, who have gone gently into that good night without a murmur. Via Lex, I give you Col. Kenneth L. Reusser. Col. Reusser was a marine flyer, and a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He was the most decorated marine pilot in history, with two Navy Crosses, four Purple Hearts, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, and 19 Air Medals. He was shot down in all three conflicts and was medically retired in 1968.

No elected official was at his funeral service. I hadn’t heard of it until I read Lex’s blog. No disrespect for those who have lost ones close to them, but COL Reusser actually accomplished things, and put himself at risk for America, and for abstractions in which he believed. That’s important.



  1. God bless that man for his service. It’s a shame that his country has slipped to the point that the duly-elected Commander in Chief openly suggests that combat vets should use their private insurance to pay for service-related injuries. Misplaced priorities, indeed.

    Comment by Brandon — Monday, 29, June, 2009 @ 14:27 | Reply

  2. No priority- He was a dead white guy and military to boot… That would probably have polled a negative, so nope, not gonna show, it would cost votes… THAT is the mentality today. RIP Colonel, RIP. Thank God you don’t have to live to see what will happen to this country.

    Comment by Old NFO — Monday, 29, June, 2009 @ 20:49 | Reply

  3. Old NFO,
    One of the few things the Governor of Oregon has done that I approve of is to attend the funerals of members of the Oregon National Guard who have been killed in action. I find it hard to believe that had he known that he would not have attended.

    Comment by Bob — Tuesday, 30, June, 2009 @ 18:52 | Reply

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