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Honoring Thomas Otte

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Honoring Thomas William Otte



Hometown: Kaukauna, WI

Date of Birth:     August 14, 1944

Date of Death:     February 3, 1968

Age at Death:     23 years

Rank:     Corporal (CPL)

Branch:     Army

Location of Death:     Quang Tin, South Vietnam

Number of Deaths from Kaukauna, WI:     2 (Arnold Raymond Schuh)




As Reported in the News





Where He Rests...


Thomas is buried at Holy Cross cemetery, Kaukauna, WI, SW section, 5th row.



Dear Tom,
You had a vistor this past Memorial Day, but then again you already knew that. Dave and his wife Carol came up from Kentucky to see where you were resting. They placed flags by your marker. Dave got to talk to your brother earlier in the day at a Memorial Day serivce about what truly happened to you on that day you were tragically taken from this world. I felt it brought them both some peace and closure, but never fully, for you meant so much to them and everyone you came to know. We stopped by your family home. It looked well taken care of. The valley in the park neary by is still there, and I'm sure plenty of children still go down it on their sleds in winter as you must have done. The paper mills are still running and the smell never changes. Life does go on in your old hometown but for some it went on so sadly and differently without you. I sensed this being a witness of this visit. I could tell how deeply you are loved and missed by your family and friends. You see, in a way I helped bring David to see you. I'm the person called The Final Bridge. I located where you are resting and posted it here at this site so you could be found in Kaukauna. In closing, Tom I hope you enjoyed us stopping by. We'll keep in touch with our fond memories of you and I of that Memorial Day in 2003.

-Posted by Steve Conto, Menasha, WI



What goals did you have for your life?


Describe your final moments alive.


What regrets, if any, do you have?


What would you do differently if you had the chance?


You undoubtedly have a unique perspective on life, having died young.  What message about life would you tell those of us still alive?




Live Every Moment (Love Every Day) - R.E.O. Speedwagon



Live every moment - love every day 
'cus before you know it your precious time slips away. 
Live every moment - love every day 
'cause if you don't you might just throw your love away. 

I walked for seven miles this mornin'. footprints in the sand. 
Washed away without a warning when the water hit the land. 
But I will walk on 'til I can no longer stand. 
I'll take you by the hand and we'll... 

Live every moment - love every day 
'cus before you know it your precious time slips away. 

There's water in the wind tonight. 
There's a chill in the air. 
It's coolin' down my skin tonight 
Soakin' through your hair. 
There's warmth enough within' tonight 
For both of us to share. 
We can take it anywhere. and we'll... 

Live every moment - love every day 
'cus before you know it your precious time slips away. 

Sometimes I wish we could take a trip far away. 
Leave all this trouble and heartache and pain for another day. 
I will search for that place but 'til I find it all I can say is... 

Live every moment - and love every day

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