My family has suffered the loss of a true American hero recently, one that spent many holidays with growing up, a Bronze Star soldier. I knew him as "Uncle Sandy".
In the end, he was suffereing terribly, so his passing is a blessing, but has left a hole in the family that will remain.
I will post his obit here, in honor of his memory, and all those who serve the armed forces today.
Theodore Frederick Sands Obituary
January 13, 1941 – November 8, 2016
Ted Sands, formerly of Winchester, New Hampshire, was born into the Sac and Fox Tribe in Des Moines Iowa on the 13th of January in 1941, and passed away in Gulf Breeze, Florida, at the age of 75, on November 8, 2016.
His life was led by an iron will and strength of character, yet he had a gentle caring nature that is hard to match. To those who served with him during his military career he was a hero, having served two tours in Vietnam, and retired as a 1st Sergeant, having earned a Bronze Star medal. He didn’t want to go back for the second tour, but felt it was his obligation to help save at least some of the young soldiers who fought in that terrible war. We recognize his honorable service to our country and thank him for being a father who taught his children how to be strong. We will miss him and look forward to seeing him again when the Lord calls us home. His body which endured much pain and suffering from Agent Orange poisoning can now find rest. We love you Dad and are blessed to have spent our lives with you!
Ted is survived by Irene, his devoted and loving wife of 37 years; his children, Michelle, Debbie, and Jason; daughter in-law, Caryn, sons-in-law, Ed and Mark; seven grandchildren; his many nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children; June Simmons. A special thank you to Irene DelBono (niece), who has been a true blessing to our family through this time.
Incidentally, my Uncle Sandy was from the same tribe as Jim Thorpe.