James Loyd England
1948 - 1999
I recently saw this headstone at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. It struck me first, because the man was a Vietnam Veteran. For me, the Vietnam War doesn't seem so long ago. I know many men who bravely served there, and came home to less than a hero's welcome. The second thing I noted was the inscription at the bottom: "I DID IT MY WAY." This made me smile. I think James was an interesting individual, though I know nothing about him. That song, or phrase, was also a theme in my father-in-law's life, adding an extra element to my smile. RIP, and with honor, James Loyd England.