Despite an incredibly busy and tiring week, Dale and I made the effort to attend the Navy Memorial’s 2010 Lone Sailor Awards Dinner. It was SO worthwhile! The honorees were all incredible…Lanier Phillips broke ground by becoming the first African-American sonar technician in the U.S. Navy — and one of the first blacks to break out of the mess steward field. He spoke eloquently about the racism he faced and the people who helped him elevate himself above it. Eddie Lebaron served with distinction in the worst battles of the Korean War and continues his service today with philanthropy made possible by his success in the NFL and in business. Dr. Bill Cosby was a Hospital Corpsman with the Marines and at Bethesda Naval Hospital and had made a major impact on education. All gave credit to the lessons they learned in the Navy and the expressed pride in having served. They were eloquent and inspiring and, yes, Bill Cosby was very, very funny!