Doctor’s Diary November 11, 2017: Ron – the unknown soldier

(Snippets from the frontline)

Ron – the unknown soldier

He was 60 years old when he passed away from a rare cancer on November 1st.

Not ever in the military, Ron worked over three decades in the aerospace industry producing top secret aircraft and missiles for the defense department.

He knew the materials were hazardous, plus realized some might cause cancer.  For him though, it was more than a pay check as it was crucial his country be secure.

“There was risk and we all knew it, but it was the honorable thing to do” he told me.

Ron fought desperately to hold onto life, and felt it was too early for him to go.  But he also recognized others have donned a uniform, and never came home.

Many served our nation on the frontline…Ron served during his life, and faced his greatest battle at the end of life.  His efforts and fearlessness may easily go unnoticed.

We celebrate Veteran’s Day this month and pay respect to those heroes who served.  Let us also remember those whose service was veiled in secrecy, and had the courage and selfless character to keep us safe.

It is the honorable thing to do.

Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.


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