Remembering a hooch mate on this Memorial Day

Tombstone at Fort Logan National Cemetery

On this Memorial Day pause and remember a few of the veterans who have preceded us.

Audie Crocker was a hooch mate in Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base for nearly a year in the late ’60s. The Thais couldn’t pronounce Audie too well so hooch mate Ben Casebolt dubbed him Max. So that’s what we all called him.

Someone before I got there had placed a three-foot diameter styrofoam peace symbol at the entrance to our slat-sided, six-man room. We didn’t seem to get inspected as often as the other rooms.

Note the inscription at the bottom of the marker. That is how Audie/Max signed off his notes and letters.