Wednesday, February 14, 2024

My Rifle For A Rose

a young couple with roses

A St. Valentine’s Day Story 

Thirty-four years ago, a hard charging young Adirondack Outlaw was stationed at Fort Drum.  Thirty-four years ago, a young nurse stole his heart. Thirty-four years ago, a young Army Captain fresh out of Ranger School fell on love’s battlefield.  Thirty-four years ago, Cupid’s arrow pierced a young soldier’s heart. Thirty-four years ago, a hard charging young Adirondack Outlaw traded his rifle for his rose.

Thirty-four years later, love’s rose still blossoms.

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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, Dick enjoys “Living in the Day I Am In”, and then writing about it. A severely speech impaired 3x cancer survivor, his pen is his voice. He shares many of his Adirondack Outlaw adventures & tales here. Read the rest on his blog @

3 Responses

  1. Balian the Cat says:

    I will never forget seeing the scene in Big Red One where they deploy the Bangalore Torpedo – and thinking “there has got to be a better way!”

    Happy day to you and your sweetheart, Dick. Thank you for your service. May we all find that better way sooner than later.

  2. Jack Carney says:

    Lovely Valentine from husband to wife whose love has stayed strong for many, many years, 34 in all.
    Thank you for sharing and very best wishes for another 34.

  3. louis curth says:

    Well Dick,”My Rifle For A Rose” sure looks like a pretty shrewd trade! Thanks for your Valentine Day story and also for your service. All the best to you and your wife.

    By the way, when I look at that photo of the happy couple, I think I see a bit of your dad the way he looked back when we were at ranger training down at Lake Luzerne in our early days. Good memories….

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