Awhile back, I emailed The Times about a local Marine who went missing 46 years ago in Vietnam. He was a member of my unit, and I was hoping to get some little note in your paper to remind the region about his demise. The idea was assigned to one of your writers, Joyce Russell.
Russell wrote the story about Bruce Staehli which appeared on the front page of your April 27 issue. The work she did to produce this story amazes me. She kept in constant touch. She asked questions. She went looking for information. She kept contacting people, which led to a discovery, then another discovery, etc.
One might just say this is what a newspaper writer is supposed to be doing, but that kind of thinking would miss what I believe Russell brings to your newspaper. What she did is why I am writing to you. I really believe when people do extraordinary things, this should be noted.
She listened. She cared. And because of this she helped a lot of guys commemorate the memory of a fallen comrade.
A phrase we used to use when I was in the Corps is appropriate here.
She did good.
And I wanted you to know.
- Paul Banik, Whiting