It was a really great and well attended event. Six former members of the 34th were there--all who knew Dave well. Myself, Bane Lyle, Al Reiter, Gary Confer, Jonesey Jones and Joe Widhelm. The body was flown into Reagan on April 24th. The escort officer was Lt Col John Dinan who is Dave’s nephew and is an AF pilot himself. The ceremony at the airport was very well done with a great deal of respect shown by the Airport and Delta Airlines.
That afternoon I received a call from the current Commander of the 34th, Lt Col "Scout” Johnston who updated me on the status of the flyby and told me the 34th is currently deployed to Asia and they would have a wake with a toast to David at the same time as Dave was scheduled to be buried--2330 hours where they were.
On the 25th the funeral was at the Old Chapel at Ft Meyer. Dave's two brothers, Charlie and John, and all of their families were present. There were also a number of his boyhood friends and fraternity brothers from MIT. The Dinan brothers had asked me to do the Eulogy which I did--it was a great honor. The walk to the burial site was very impressive with the horse drawn caisson, honor guard and large band. Following the graveside ceremony the 6 former 34th guys got together and threw a nickel on the grass and even tried to sing the chorus- -not high quality singing but was pretty emotional.