For The Ones We’ve Lost

Sometimes the only thing you can do is remember

Benjamin Sledge

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Photo collage created by author. From left to right: My grandfather, First Lieutenant Reginald Whitson | SFC Raymond Buchan | My grandmother, Betty Whitson | SGT Kyle Seitsinger | Grave marker for Louis “Kimmie” Kim

Grandma died on May 22, 2024, in the early evening, shortly after dinner. When my mom found her the next morning, she was still wearing lipstick, fully dressed, and sitting on her office couch. It appeared she sat down to catch her breath, and then had her heart finally give out at 98 years old.

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Benjamin Sledge

Multi-award winning author | Combat wounded veteran | Mental health specialist | Occasional geopolitical intel | Graphic designer | https://benjaminsledge.com