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Commando
http://www.fanstory.com/commando
Location: Marianna, Florida
Gender: Male
Born: July 20, 1955
Interests: *See Biography*
Member: Eternal Premier Author
Joined: December 2013
INFORMATION
I spent the earlier years of my life with my mother at grandpa and grandma's little log cabin in the Smoky Mountains, as we had no place else to go. My father, a Green Beret, was killed in Korea in 1955, the year I was born. I never knew him.

After graduating from High School at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and from Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee I entered the U. S. Air Force in late 1980 with the goal of becoming a 'Joint Services Special Forces Commando' inspired by my older cousin, a Navy Seal, who fought and died in Vietnam.

There was a pocketful of assignments both State Side and Overseas to include, Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and Joint Services Commando Schools at Hurlburt Field, Florida. After graduation I met a beautiful lady, we were married, and I became the luckiest man alive.

I served in Operation Desert Storm (Iraq) in 1990-1991. After active duty in 2010, my wife and I relocated to the Panhandle of Florida. I began working with Joint Services Commando Advisory Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, American Legion and Disabled American Veteran Organizations, both Local and National, then St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

I lost my wife in August 2016. She died of a blood clot in an artery. What a void! I'm presently co-authoring (1) Love Long Distance, (2) An Angel in the Meadow, (3) My Jigsaw Puzzle, The Missing Piece, (4) Joined at the Hip, and (5) Footprints of Yesterday, with Cathy Waldron, (aka Tootie) an awesome writer on FanStory.

Meeting and writing with you is an honor! Best wishes wherever you are and God Bless.
Respectfully,
Bill
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FanStory wrote to Commando: Reflections Of My Life finished first in the contest "Your Life in 150 words"
June 6, 2020 at 5:10AM
    Tootie: CONGRATULATIONS, CO-AUTHOR! Your life is COMMENDABLE, your writing EXCEPTIONAL, and YOU ARE AMAZING! Your first place win in this contest is much deserved. HURRAH! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for so many. Thank you, also, IN A VERY BIG WAY, for choosing me to co-author with you. I am so HONORED and blessed! YOU ARE THE BEST! See those books below? Those are how many we're gonna write and publish together . . . plus more! YAY! Best wishes and God Bless. Words cannot fully express how very much you mean to me!
    Respectfully with Admiration and TONS of LOVE,
    Cathy


    June 6, 2020 at 10:19AM
    Commando: For the Staff of FanStory, each contestant of "Your Life in 150 words," and those who voted for my work, I "Salute," you! Respectfully with Admiration, Bill
    June 6, 2020 at 7:19PM
    Commando: A "SALUTE," Laura Jan! The Glitter-graphics is "Astonishing." Thanks for the kind words and
    God Bless. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Bill






    June 6, 2020 at 7:38PM
    Commando: A "SALUTE," Co-Author! It' an honor writing at your side as well, Cathy--"You, betcha!" I'm sending the kind words to me, right back at ya. The arm full of books graphics (with the heart) is "Breathtaking!" Remember, I promised God to keep your pencils sharp. Now, let's finish up on Chapter 30 of "Love Long Distance." Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and a CAVE FULL OF LOVE. Bill
    June 6, 2020 at 8:52PM

FanStory wrote to Commando: A Dream, A Fish, A Prayer! finished first in the contest "~~~FISHING~~~TRUE STORY"
May 18, 2020 at 3:10PM
    Commando: A "SALUTE," too FanStory for your hard work! Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration, Bill
    May 18, 2020 at 4:06PM
    Commando: A "DOUBLE SALUTE, too you, Laura Jan for your "AWESOME" Sponsorship and "ASTONISHING" Glitter-Graphic Congratulation! Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Bill.
    May 18, 2020 at 4:18PM
    Commando: Greetings, LisaMay, Lucy de Welles, Rose Mary Eversonl, and Iza Deleanu. A "SALUTE," too each of you for the "AWESOME PRESENTATIONS!" Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration, Bill.
    May 18, 2020 at 4:32PM
    Tootie:
    glitter-graphics.com

    HURRAH! You "snagged this one!" I knew you would with your AWESOME writing and storytelling skills. Congratulations on your first place win. A BIG "SALUTE!" You're THE BEST! I know you're gonna catch that big ol' shell cracker soon--You Betcha! Now, bait that hook and go get em! Best wishes and God bless. Respectfully with Admiration and more LOVE than all the fish in the ocean (and in Merritts Mill Pond), Cathy
    May 18, 2020 at 7:20PM
    Commando: WOW! Quite an "AWESOME Glitter-Graphic," Co-author. A "DOUBLE SALUTE," Beautiful lady! The only way I'm gonna catch that big ol' shell cracker is for you to put on some "Angel Perfume" by thierry mugler, then operate the trolling motor. I betcha a "Whopper" will jump into the boat, flirt with you, then I'll not have to catch it. Oh yesssssssss!!! It is an honor writing at your side, Cathy! Now, let's go write Chapter 2 of "Footprints of Yesterday," Ok? Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and a Cavern full of Love, Bill.
    May 19, 2020 at 1:15AM

FanStory wrote to Commando: Ol' Glory! finished first in the contest "~~~RHYMING POEM~~~WAR and HISTORY"
May 9, 2020 at 1:10AM
    Jannypan (Jan) : I am so PROUD of you!
    ~~~~~~~C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S~~~~~~~

    This is the BEST War & History poem I've read-ever-on FS. Your 1st Place Win is AWESOME and so WELL-DESERVED, Commando!
    Respectfully with Love and Admiration,
    Laura Jan



    May 9, 2020 at 1:27AM
    Tootie: HURRAH!! This is the BEST war and history poem I've ever read! CONGRATULATIONS on your much-deserved win! YOU ARE AWESOME! I am THRILLED this is going to be included in Chapter 28 of our co-authored book "Love Long Distance," and I am HONORED to write by your side. God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and TONS and TONS of LOVE, Cathy


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    May 9, 2020 at 1:48AM
    Commando: A "Salute" FanStory for your hard work here! Best wishes and God Bless. Bill
    May 9, 2020 at 2:14PM
    Commando: A "Salute," Jannypan (Jan) for your "AWESOME SPONSORSHIP!" Best wishes and God Bless. Bill
    May 9, 2020 at 2:20PM
    Commando: A "Salute" too: Robert Zimmerman, January L'Angelle, Praveen J and The Boy Whodunnit for your "Extremely Impressive" entries. Best wishes and God Bless. Bill
    May 9, 2020 at 2:29PM
    Commando: A "Salute" too: Jannypan(Jan) and Tootie for the kind words and "Astonishing" glitter-graphics. Best wishes and God Bless. Bill
    May 9, 2020 at 2:36PM

FanStory wrote to Commando: A Strange Garment! finished first in the contest "Feelings"
April 26, 2020 at 2:10AM
    Tootie:
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    CONGRATULATIONS, CO-AUTHOR, on your much-deserved first place win! AWESOME POEM! You are AMAZING! Respectfully with Admiration and "Tons and Tons" of Love, Cathy
    April 26, 2020 at 2:34AM
    Commando: Greetings, my dear friends! It is an honor to be the recipient of this prestigious award. I wish to extend my appreciation to the FS Staff Members who made this happen, and congratulations to: (1) Miss Merri, (2) A Willow Bends, (3) Gingermo, (4) January L'Angelle, (5) Puzzle, (6) Darlene Franklin, (7) Zonya, (8) Kelly McFadden, (9) Hansil, (10) RJN, and (11) Ogden on their "Magnificent Presentations." A "SALUTE," to all! Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration, Bill
    April 26, 2020 at 3:16AM
    Commando: WOW!!! An "AWESOME GLITTER-GRAPHICS," CO-AUTHOR. The three long-stem Red (I Love You) Roses are "Breathtaking"--as are YOU! A "SALUTE" for the kind words, Cathy. Look . . . "You are amazing too!" Now, let's you and I finish up on Chapter 28 of "Love Long Distance." Rat-a-tat-tat--Kaboom, Kaboom! Respectfully with Admiration and a "Caverns full of Love," Bill
    April 26, 2020 at 3:56AM
    Commando: A "DOUBLE SALUTE", Laura Jan! The "Glitter-Graphics of the Red Rose, Angel Wings, and Cross are ASTONISHING!" Thanks for the kind words and God Bless. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Bill
    April 26, 2020 at 5:45PM

FanStory wrote to Commando: ~Someday~ finished first in the contest "RHYMING VALENTINE'S DAY LOVE POEM"
January 31, 2020 at 12:13AM
    Commando: A "SALUTE" to (1) FanStory Staff for your hard work, (2) Jannypan (Jan) for the "Awesome Sponsorship," (3) Those who voted for my presentation, and (4) Those who entered the competition. Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration, Bill.
    January 31, 2020 at 4:47AM
    Commando: A "SALUTE", Laura Jan for the "AWESOME GLITTER GRAPHICS!" Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration, Bill
    January 31, 2020 at 4:58AM
    Commando: A "SALUTE," Co-Author! The "Glitter Graphic" is "Astonishing." In four words ... "You are awesome, Cathy!" Right back atcha with the "Kind words." Respectfully with Admiration and a Truckload of Love, Bill
    January 31, 2020 at 7:17PM

Commando: Dear Friends,
Writing is unarguably a passionate art form. Through the centuries, it has provided us with an outlet for exploring our innermost thoughts and emotions. Regardless of the style or subject chosen, we are able to express our intimate feelings using this ancient tradition. It allows us to communicate issues that we might not be able to otherwise openly discuss. It as well affords us the opportunity to reevaluate ourselves, our relationship with others, our station in life and the world around us. Writing may also be therapeutic, allowing us to work through issues in our lives to find solutions, clarify, comfort, and peace of mind. It is by virtue of this versatility that the art of writing has remained strong century after century. Sharing my thoughts with you, and having your support along the way is an honor. Best wishes and God Bless.
Respectfully with Admiration,
Bill
January 13, 2020 at 12:18PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : This is an exceptional discussion on the art of writing, Commando. It was a honor to read. I agree with your conclusions. Thanks for sharing. Respectfully with Love and Admiration, Laura Jan
    January 13, 2020 at 5:21PM
    Tootie: Thank you so much for sharing this. So very true! Many of us find it hard to express ourselves verbally, but we can share our thoughts and feelings through poems and stories. When we read other writings, we can find our own feelings in them and realize we all have similar insecurities, confusions, joys, loves, etc. Yes, so very comforting. Through writing, we are able to let our inner voice, which is the real us, come out. We can create stories from not only our experiences, but from our imaginations, expanding our own limited boundaries. What a feeling that is when it pours out onto the page! It is such a pleasure co-authoring with you, Bill. I know that as we finish each chapter in Love Long Distance, as well as our other novels, I feel ecstatic that we, together, created these stories through our experiences and our imaginations, Through writing, we are creators! Wow! Let's keep on writing! Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration and Truckloads of Love, Cathy
    January 13, 2020 at 9:40PM
    Diana L Crawford: I thank God for the ability to express my thoughts and imagination through words! It is all that you speak of above! And it allows one to leave a part of themselves behind for loved ones to hold on to. xoxo
    January 14, 2020 at 12:16AM
    Commando: A "SALUTE" to Jan, Cathy, and Diana!
    Thanks for your "AWESOME" thoughts. Best wishes and God Bless.
    Bill
    January 14, 2020 at 3:44PM

FanStory wrote to Commando: If Only I Could. . . finished first in the contest "~~~FREE VERSE~~~"
January 13, 2020 at 1:10AM
    Commando: A "SALUTE" to (1) FanStory Staff for your hard work, (2) Jannypan (Jan) for the "Awesome Sponsorship," (3) Those who voted for my presentation, and (4) Those who entered the competition. Best wishes and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration, Bill.
    January 13, 2020 at 2:20AM
    Jannypan (Jan) : ***C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S***
    On Your AWESOME First Place Win!
    Respectfully with Love and Admiration,
    Laura Jan

    January 13, 2020 at 8:13AM
    Tootie: HURRAH! CONGRATULATIONS on your much deserved first place win! The poem is AWESOME and so are you! A "SALUTE!"
    Respectfully with Admiration and a Truckload of Love,
    Cathy

    glitter-graphics.com
    January 13, 2020 at 9:34AM
    Commando: A "SALUTE," Jan/Cathy! "AWESOME" Glitter Graphics. Best wishes and God Bless. Bill
    January 13, 2020 at 3:10PM

 
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Ol' Glory!
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A Strange Garment!
Acknowledging the Strange Garment we wear in life!

Tornado!
Billy and Cathy are devastated by a catastrophic tornado!

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The Boulder! reached "Recognized" status.
June 7 at 2:08AM
Reflections Of My Life reached "All Time Best" status.
June 6 at 5:25AM
Reflections Of My Life finished first in the contest "Your Life in 150 words"
June 6 at 5:10AM
Reflecting On My Life reached "Recognized" status.
June 5 at 2:08AM
The Pitchfork! reached "Recognized" status.
May 27 at 2:08AM
In The Folds Of Ol' Glory! finished second in the contest "War Entry "
May 27 at 12:13AM
In The Folds Of Ol' Glory! reached "Recognized" status.
May 22 at 2:08AM
A Dream, A Fish, A Prayer! reached "All Time Best" status.
May 19 at 5:25AM



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