I always knew him as Mickey's dad. I knew he was some kind of hero, and that he had died in a war, but that was about the extent of my knowledge of Frank Reasoner growing up. Mickey and I were in kindergarten together, and attended most of grade school, junior high, and high school together, and were also both at the University of Idaho together.
It wasn't until I returned to the Silver Valley 8 years ago that I understood what happened. Reasoner was a soldier in Vietnam, and ended up earning the Congressional Medal of Honor. Last Tuesday, on Veteran's Day, he was honored at the Silver Valley Veteran's Memorial with a granite wall. This morning on our walk, NR and I stopped to look at the beautiful wall that was dedicated to my childhood friend's father.
Two years ago when I went to Washington D.C., we found Frank Reasoner's name on the wall at the Vietnam Wall Memorial.
Below is a newscast about the dedication, with his son Mickey talking about his father, and how pleased he is to have his father remembered in this way.