Dear Mr. Larimore,
You do not know me and it is unlikely that we will ever meet. However, the influence that you have had upon me, my immediate family and close circle of friends has been profound. I have an MBA from a top five US educational institution. I live in NY and have been in business management for almost three decades. I consider myself a technically sophisticated investor.
All of that said, I ran across this forum many years ago and it was your posts that convinced me to think about investing in a more simple and straightforward way. I opened my Vanguard account and have not looked back ever since. So far, so good as they say
So that is my thank you for the guidance and advice that you have not only given me but also to thousands of others who traverse these same forums. Your consistent and patient answers are much appreciated and I am sure there are many like me who feel the same way but who have not posted a formal thank you here.
Now as I revisit some of my favorite threads and reread the advice you have given, imagine my surprise to have learned that not only are you a patient and learned individual who is willing to share his experience with others so that they may avoid errors of judgment, but that you are also a decorated World War II veteran who served our country in the most difficult of times and in the most dangerous of battles. I recently re-watched Band of Brothers and thought of you in the episode that covers the Battle of the Bulge.
So this is my second and more important thank you to you for serving our wonderful country. I appreciate from the bottom my heart everything you did then and everything you do now. Thank You for your service!!!