Rangers manager remembers brother killed in Vietnam



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Posted on May 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM

ARLINGTON — Memorial Day is a great chance to spend the day at the Ballpark with the family, but it's about so much more than a game — especially for Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington and families like his.

This is a day that effects Wash directly; his older brother, Sgt. James Washington Sr., will be 24 forever. He was killed by hostile fire in South Vietnam.

Wash said he'll never forget the day he got the news on May 5, 1969.

Sgt. Washington was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart after he was killed.

At the Ballpark on Monday night, there was a moment of silence for veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Wash said at that point, there may very well be crying in baseball; it's just different, he said.

You may not know that Ron Washington spent six years in the National Guard, and had five other brothers serve. Wash said he's proud to call his family a military family.

And on this day, he — like we all should — remembers.

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