Richard Kalvin, age 65, died in mid September, of cancer, which he contracted, most likely
in Vietnam, resulting from Agent Orange. I met Richard in the Flea market many years ago, a friendly little guy
who was well known. He was a collector of military memorabilia, and he possessed quite
a collection. He supplied me with some memorabilia also, not so much military, but,
other objects from the dark side of the world. He would return the twenty bucks I lent
him from time to time. He worked as a messenger, after a long stint for the city,
as he could not take the pressure of an office. I would run into him from time to time,
in a thrift shop or even on the subway. We seemed to cross path on a regular basis.
During the summer he found his way into Mt. Sinai, due to internal bleeding.
I went to see him, and he told me he had cancer. Those of us in the flea market
realized it was due his service, as a tunnel rat, slipping into the tunnels to
kill the Viet Cong, and he collected many an ear to string about his neck.
He had told me he went into the army as choice, against prison
He leaves behind a daughter, and a brother who is a professor and many
of us who considered him a friend. He had met my sister and never
forgot to ask for her, or my friend Stu. A kind sharp guy who
joined the casualties of a war that seems long long ago.
He was very proud of his collection, and I hope it is well taken
Rest in Peace, Richie.
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