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Old 21 April 2017, 00:07
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Another loss to our SOCNET family.

Rest In Peace Warrior.

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Old 21 April 2017, 13:47
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Update from Brendan O'Brien, at

Update on Kevinís Celebration, future of the blog, and more
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Hi all friends of Kevin, I have some updated information you will want to read.

First, Iím gratified by the number of people who have written some variation of ďDonít take down the blog!Ē Itís great that you believe his work should be preserved online. So we will find a way. Rest assured that absolutely nothing will happen to the current blog for at least a month. It seems to me the obvious choices are a) keeping it alive at and b) handing the content over to one of the many tech-savvy folks who have commented.

Iím doing this because itís the right thing to do, not because Iíve been intimidated by hundreds of people with military training and serious firepower. Heh.

Second, we have specifics on Kevinís celebration of life. It will be on Sunday, June 11, at the Abenaqui Country Club in Rye, NH, from 10:30 am to 2 pm. All are invited. I hope you will come. Iíd especially love to see a heavy turnout from Kevinís SF teammates, 122, USAFSA, Afghanistan, other Army buddies and fellow members of SOA. I have already heard from a number of those guys.

We will need a firm headcount to provide Abenaqui. So when you know you can make it, please email with ďRSVPĒ in the subject line. Let us know how many people will be in your party.

This is also a great opportunity to meet new friends with shared interests or reunite with old friends. My wife and I will be hosting an informal get-together at our house the day before and you are all invited to that.

I would not be at all surprised to see some of you guys plan other informal meets. Will you let me know about them (where and when)? Iíll try to stop by.

The New Hampshire seacoast is absolutely beautiful and is a popular tourist destination in the summer. This is my way of telling you to book your hotel early. We may also be able to provide ďsleeping bagĒ accommodations at Kevinís house. We can provide advice about things to do, where to eat, etc., for anyone who asks.

Now, about the official celebration. We want it to be a positive affair. Please feel free to speak. Itís okay to make jokes at Kevinís expense. He would have done it to you.

I am hoping to have a blessing and some military recognition at the celebration. One friend of Kevin is a retired three-star general (nice work, bro!) who might be able to help with the latter.

People have asked about contributing to a cause in Kevinís memory. Iím inclined to direct such contributions to the Green Beret Foundation, unless someone has an objection. FYI Kevin was not a fan of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Finally, I missed some opportunities to thank people. Obviously Iím grateful to all of you for your support and love of Kevin. The doctors and medical staff at Portsmouth Regional Hospital did their very best to stabilize Kevin when he was first brought in last Friday afternoon. The doctors and medical staff at the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Womenís Hospital in Boston did their very best to save Kevinís life, and when we all realized that would not be possible, they were supportive and kind with us until the end.

Weaponsman commenter Mike_C is actually ďDrĒ Mike_C, a trained cardiologist and internist who does medical research in Boston. He gave up his Easter Sunday to join my dad and me at the Shapiro Center and explained everything.

Thatís all for now. Hope you can join us for June 11!
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Old 21 April 2017, 19:13
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RIP Hognose. Thank you for your service. Condolences on the loss of your brother. Prayers for your family and friends.

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

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Old 21 April 2017, 19:51
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Old 23 April 2017, 06:39
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This rocked me back on my heels for several days.

Hognose was one of our smartest and brightest, and talking with him and collaborating with him was always a highlight of my day.

His loss is felt keenly. He died young. He was my age.

Such a loss. Sleep well, Green Beret.
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Old 23 April 2017, 09:17
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RIP Warrior.
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Chaplain: "God moves in mysterious ways...", but ... well.... uhh... welcome aboard!
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Old 23 April 2017, 09:28
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RIP Warrior.

Condolences to Family, Brothers in Arms, and Friends.

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Old 23 April 2017, 14:20
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Old 24 April 2017, 12:39
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Old 24 April 2017, 12:50
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Old 25 April 2017, 15:21
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Old 30 April 2017, 08:41
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Spoke to Kevin's brother this morning and he asked that if anyone is planning to attend the celebration on June 11 to please RSVP at the hognosecommunity email so he can get an accurate headcount. Also, an email and update on the blog is coming.
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Old 5 May 2017, 12:34
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Old 5 May 2017, 17:13
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Old 7 May 2017, 11:40
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Update from Brendan O'Brien, at, #2

Latest Update: Please RSVP if attending Kevinís celebration
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Hi all. Sorry for the delay in updating. We have been moving forward on a bunch of things.

First of all, if you are planning to attend Kevinís celebration of life on Sunday, June 11, in Rye, NH, and you havenít RSVPed, please do so by sending an email (subject line: RSVP) to I have a feeling there are many people who are planning to attend but havenít RSVPed. (And just a reminder, everyone in the Weaponsman community is invited.)

Second, if you know somebody (maybe another teammate) who has mentioned that he is coming, but is not a Weaponsman reader, tell that person to RSVP.

Why do I care so much about RSVPing? Because we are only going to have food and seating for the people who have RSVPed. You donít want to be the hungry standing guy who didnít RSVP.

I donít think Kevin mentioned it much in the blog, but in the last few years, he had become interested in cooking. This is the guy who thought ďovenĒ was always preceded by ďmicrowaveĒ up until about 2012. He really liked cooking for other people and did some interesting experiments. They didnít all work, but he made up for the occasional error by always making a lot of food. Sunday dinner at our house might be burgers and tater tots. Dinner at his house was a seven-course extravaganza.

My point is that he would really feel bad if people came to his party and there was nothing to eat. So RSVP!

Now for some bullet points.

We got to visit Zac (Small Dog) yesterday at his new home. Heís doing great! My sister-in-law and her husband, who are wonderful people, have a lot of experience with dogs and theyíve made him very comfortable and happy. How much does he remember about his life with Kevin? Hard to say. But I hope heíll always remember, at least a little.
We really need to get in touch with a friend of Kevinís named Joseph Cunningham. If any of you folks know Joseph, would you please ask him to reach out to me through the email address?
We wonít need any help paying for the celebration or blog upkeep, such as it is, but thanks so much to all those who have offered.
Does anybody have a simple way of getting a copy of a DD-214? We canít find Kevinís.
It may take a while, but we expect Kevinís final resting place to be at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, which is in Boscawen, NH.
Iím now updating the blog with my own account, which is awesome.
Keep the pictures and stories coming, and if youíre coming June 11, donít forget to RSVP!
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Old 8 May 2017, 19:06
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Old 8 May 2017, 19:55
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Old 9 May 2017, 23:32
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This sucks to hear, I really enjoyed reading his blog. His words will be missed.

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Old 5 November 2017, 18:41
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Many of you may have received Brendan's email update, but for those who haven't, there's a new post at WM about Hognose's final resting place in NH.

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Old 25 November 2017, 11:21
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Old 25 November 2017, 21:37
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Old 14 May 2018, 18:29
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Couldn't make it work last month when I was down in Boston, but this past Sunday was free so I got a dawn-patrol start and took the bike on a long ride to visit HN's resting place. The NHSVC in Boscawen was beautiful, busting into spring bloom; it's easy to picture the men and women who rest there stretching out the kinks from a long, tight winter.

His plaque on the columbarium is easy to find, and the whole setup invites wandering visitation.
Whether you knew him as Weaponsman, or HN, or teammate, it's been a year without his distinctive voice.

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