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Remembering Philip Glenn Cravens (1947-2016) on his birthday
Today would have been Phil Cravens' 70th birthday. He's been in heaven for nine months now. He was a decorated Army ranger who fought in Vietnam, and who shared experiences from the war with the writer, who remembers the story of the beautiful blonde, Annie Fannie, painted on the front of the helicopters which would take war-weary soldiers away from the front. Phil named one of his dogs for Annie Fannie. She is a 14 year old long haired dachshund and 45 pounds of pure joy, who picks tomatoes out of the garden and enjoys slices of sweet all American watermelon . . .
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By Beth Cravens
Today, October 5, 2017, would have been my big brother's 70th birthday. Phil went to heaven last December.
He was the grandson of E.P. & Audrey Waggener of Columbia and G.M & Frona Cravens of Sano.
He was a decorated Army ranger who fought in Vietnam.
There was a 16 year age difference between us, but we still always had a very close bond.
He shared many war stories with me, but one of my favorite things was to hear him talk about Annie Fannie. She was the beautiful blonde with a big smile who was painted on the front of the helicopter that would fly in to rescue my brother and his ranger brothers from their missions.
He told me many times how they loved to see her (Annie Fannie) headed their way.
My brother loved his country and I truly believe that we are the home of the free because of the brave.
He named one of his dogs Annie Fannie. She is a 14 year old long-haired dachshund and is 45 lbs of pure joy. She was appropriately born on Flag Day and is the all American dog.
Annie now lives with me and she actually visited Columbia this summer.
She enjoys picking fresh tomatoes out of my garden and eating fresh watermelon.
The attached picture of Phil with Annie Fannie is from around 1999.
Also, there is a photo of our lovely Annie Fannie enjoying a slice of sweet all American watermelon. - Beth
See also, obituary with photo(s) Philip Glenn Cravens, 69, Greenwood, IN (1947-2016)
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