RIP Bill Knight, troop greeter at Bangor airport

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RIP Bill Knight, troop greeter at Bangor airport

If you did a deployment that ran through the Bangor Airport at some point, you probably met Bill.  Sad news today from Bangor, via my friend Paul Szoldra from Business Insider:

A veteran of World War II well-known for greeting thousands of troops leaving  for or returning from war in the Middle East has died at the age of 91, Bangor Daily  News reports.

Bill Knight, a 32-year Navy veteran, died at the Maine Veterans Home on  Christmas Day.

Knight was a dedicated troop greeter, estimated to have welcomed home  more than half-a-million troops at Bangor International Airport,  WABI reports.

I don't specifically remember meeting Bill, but that might be because I had a whole slew of family members meet me at the airport when I came through.  (I was born a Mainer.)  If you haven't seen the documentary "The Way We Get By" you should make some time to see it, and get to know Bill:

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Never met Bill but know his kind.
He will be missed.

Probably began greeting troops after my deployment (1971-74). But he was a true hero.

America has lost a treasure. Met the whole group of them in 2004 when returning from Iraq, truely amazing people. He will be missed. :(

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.