"Sharing can be a way of healing. Grief and loss can isolate,
anger even alienate. Shared with others, emotions unite
as we see we aren't alone. We realize others weep with us."
~Susan Wittig Albert

Through our writing, we walk out of the darkness into the light
together, one small step at a time, recording history, educating
America, and we are healing.
~CJ/Todd Dierdorff

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tanya Rachel Sigman: JERRY HESKETT

A few days ago, I posted something here about a soldier from my hometown of Coshocton, Ohio, Jerry Heskett. A friend read the blog and sent me a note in Facebook about Jerry. She thanked me "for listening". What follows first is our exchange of messages. Please welcome Tanya Rachel Sigman:

Hello Tanya,
Thanks for listening? Hey, my friend, all I can say is, you wrote this about Jerry with so much feeling and a passion for life through your eyes. I would like your permission to put what you wrote on the Memoirs From Nam blog for the memory of Jerry. Would you please allow me the honor?
A hug to you,

That would be fine. Better check my spelling.

Hello Cathy,

While we were in high school, I knew Jerry through Linda Olinger, Mary Zink, Diane Hougendobler, and Connie Totsch, just to name a few. They had classes with him and, maybe, belonged to some of the same school clubs or the yearbook staff even.

Back then, I used to sit on Main Street in the early hours and watch the young men get on those busses heading to Columbus from what I guess was the draft board office and the recruiters. When he died in Vietnam, I remember feeling so guilty that he gave his life for me.

I didn't know Jerry's family, but I imagined that he had a life that was quiet, peaceful and loving like he was. My life was more rugged and upheaved, my parents' divorce scandel didn't help -- I felt I would have been a better selection to 'go fight a battle'.

Jerry enjoyed talking to the girls named above. He opened up with them and always smiled. That's how I remember him -- smiling and laughing with the girls, and putting his shyness away momentarily.

Thanks for listening.

“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale

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1 comment:

  1. Tanya and Cathy,
    I knew Jerry very well also. Great guy. He was one of my Scout leaders. I still have, at home, a badge I earned in the Scouts and Jerry presented it to me. For some reason (maybe fate so I wouldn't forget him) they were never put on my uniform. I found them and they were still attached to the card with Jerry's name for him to present to me.
    Craig Latham


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