From Richard Abell:
One of my law clerks made this cake on April 5, 2005 the 35th anniversary of my being wounded on 5 April 1970.
The cake itself was red velvet.
From: Richard Abell
To: "W. Kendall McNabney, M.D."   
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2005 4:03 PM
Subject: Miscellaneous

First, of course, the obvious ... many thanks for your hospitality Wednesday last. Many thanks for the photographs that you sent.
By now you should have those also taken on my clerk's camera. Yours are somewhat better I should think. Our conversation
jogged memories. The infamous sponge that may have been left as a none too subtle reminder of your surgical proficiencies,
what would it have looked like several months later? Size? Shape? I now recall that a subsequent surgeon (probably Dr. Lowry)
after one of the several operations that I had at Valley Forge, told me that he had found an egg shaped object somewhere in my
viscera. He was so surprised that he left it in place - having no explanation for its presence - and then felt required to inform me
of this singular turn of events! Could this object have been your sponge? Or, have I been used as a hatchery by aliens?

Next, your colleague in crime to whom I apparently also sent a letter, do you have his address, email, etc.? Perhaps I should
contact him? I had completely forgotten that I also sent him a thank you. No doubt this is an "admission against interest!"

Last, again, should you ever have an excuse to be in Washington, PLEASE give me advance notice so that we can get together.
I have family members that would like to meet you ... and, no doubt, some attorneys that would like to curse you!
~ Richard

From: Richard Abell
To: "W. Kendall McNabney, M.D."
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 10:29 AM
Subject: Status?

You have not yet responded to my last email which causes me to evince concern. You have
suffered incalculable loss. Nonetheless, I strongly suspect that Elaine would be the first to tell you to “gut it through," "be a
trooper," etc.

I consider our meeting after 35 years last week as providential (your wording). It meant a great deal to me personally. I look
forward to our next get together whether that be here, Kansas City, or some other clime. Sometimes I think that all of life is an
Odyssey of sorts that probably only becomes clear to us at the check-out counter. All things have a purpose and that purpose is
foreordained (does this make me a Presbyterian Calvinist?). We need to accept our pain and suffering, and then deal with it.
Well, the last thing you need is a judicial preacher! Do let
me hear from you. You are in my prayers. Godspeed.
~ Richard
On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 2:08 PM, Abell Richard wrote:
The Alpha 2-7 CAV Vietnam Website Designer for my company's website has requested whether you would give
permission to scan and include on one of  my web pages on the website the letter Elaine wrote to me in July of 1970.
~ Richard

From: Kendall McNabney
To: Abell Richard  
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:24 PM
Subject: Re: Elaine's Letter

Yes, by all means. That is primary source history. As you remember, I did not know she had written a letter to you until
you showed the copy to me. What a girl!
~ Kendall
From: Kendall McNabney
To: Richard Abell
Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 7:30 PM
Subject: Photos

These were taken in June 2005. Richard is the right and I am on the left and were taken when Richard attended
the funeral of my wife, Elaine, who passed away on June 17, 2005, and when Richard and I first met since 1970.
~ Kendall
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