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Old 5 June 2019, 04:28
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Thumbs up Black Frog

Good article.

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Very cool article. I spent a couple of days in SF and hadn't heard of him. Good to learn about folks who took the hard road and shaped others in the process. Thanks for posting LP!
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He was in the WO (MOS producing) class ahead and across the hall from mine. Good guy with a great reputation. I believe he was a SGM when he pinned. He did not want to leave the guys (he did not want to be a staff guy).
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Combat Divers, what else needs to be said?
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He was in the WO (MOS producing) class ahead and across the hall from mine. Good guy with a great reputation. I believe he was a SGM when he pinned. He did not want to leave the guys (he did not want to be a staff guy).

Went through the WO course with Charlie, and he was a SGM when he attended the course. First ran into him back in the 70s in 5th Group; doing combat diver stuff.


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Old 5 June 2019, 17:38
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Met him back in the 80s in Okinawa. One of the few black guys other than a couple support folks.
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Old 5 June 2019, 21:46
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I saw the title and got a sick feeling in my stomach thinking that something was wrong. I was glad to read that all is well. He always was a role model. It got me to thinking and I remember holding ice on him all evening after he broke his wrist (yes, his wrist) on a jump in Thailand.
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I have never understood the “black people can’t swim” thing.

I witnessed it in High School.

Good on Army Special Forces soldier Charlie Simmons for teaching people to swim.
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Old 6 June 2019, 07:53
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I have never understood the “black people can’t swim” thing.

I witnessed it in High School.
It has been said that is due to lack of opportunity and access to pools. When I worked at Scout camp as a youth I taught countless numbers of black Scouts and adults how to swim.
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Old 6 June 2019, 13:52
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It has been said that is due to lack of opportunity and access to pools.
I had a black jarhead tell me that his mama told him to never get in any water deeper than the bathtub.
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