My neighbor Rick Reneaux passed away recently at age 88. Rick was a retired Marine who served in World War II (wounded), Korea (wounded) and Vietnam. He was very proud of his service to our country and in my opinion a true American hero. Rick had a memorial area in his front yard where he proudly displayed a 9mm Japanese cannon captured in a battle in the South Pacific. He would raise the American Flag each day along with the POW/MIA flag.
Rick was an incessant reader of U.S. and world history. He was a bachelor for many years and on the walls of his cluttered home hung memorabilia of his military service and pictures of some of his eight children and 17 grandchildren. During the short time I knew Rick, I enjoyed hearing stories of his worldwide travels including his recollection of the battles he fought in with the U.S. Marines. Some may remember Rick as a cantankerous old guy who demanded respect and who was very self-opinionated especially when it came to politics. But I say he was just being a Marine. There is a memorial service for Rick at 11 a.m. May 10 at Fitzhenry’s Funeral Home in Carson City.
Many call those who lived during Rick’s era “The Greatest Generation.” We are now in an era where those American heroes are leaving us, so I would ask that when you meet a vet, please thank them for their service. We owe these brave men and women a big debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they have made for us and our country. Semper, Fi Rick.