In 1972 I was assigned to the Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. I met there one of the most interesting characters in my life: Don Stockton.
Don was the hospital illustrator. He was originally from Stockton, California. He had run away from home at 14 to become a hoofer in vaudeville. He loved to draw and came to the attention of an artist that did a "funnies" during the Depression. The cartoonist hired Don as his assistant artist. The strip was a "western". Don learned to draw all animals but was a master at horses. He could draw them doing anything off the top of his head.
I left Letterman for Landstuhl, Germany. Got a call there one day from the Duty Officer saying that Don, wife and our secretary would be in Paris the following weekend. I arranged a quick trip there, where we spent much of a day visiting the Impressionists at the Jeu de Palme Museum.
When Don got back to San Francisco, he drew me this ~14X10" postcard and had everyone in the Comptroller Division sign it. He sent it thru the mail as a postcard, no protection. He has some wear. I framed it under glass - forgive the glare. It was done in ink. It is my prize possession. Maybe, you will enjoy it was well.
I got a letter shortly saying that Don was losing his sight and had retired. We lost track of one another.