R.I.P. Mehmet Hassan
I wanted to express my sincere condolences to the Hassan family, this thread is for them. Should anyone google "Mehmet Hassan", this thread will come up so I have a few things to say.
A few years ago I was a newbie member here but got called off to Afganistan, had too do some tours, then train new Marines in Urban Combat and Close Quarter Combat while teaching these men to COMBAT TRAINING my ex-wife took my son and moved to Colorado after divorcing me and taking me for everything I had. But now I am back.
I will never share war stories except this one. On my way back from my first tour, we stopped in London to refuel. While exploring this beautiful city I managed to get myself to Palm Beach Casino where I heard he was a regular there. We played $50/$100 -- and he said to me, "thank you for your service to your country" (cause I was in Uniform) and then talked about a Breeze Festival he did in 2004, making the final table and winning thousands. We had a great time and I am proud to say I beat him that night (or was the table leader).
I did not know that he had been killed until just an hour ago, so to the Hassan family, I say this:
My heart goes out to your family for your tragic loss. I played with him and didn't know him that well, but we had a great time talking and we even exchanged cell numbers so I could call him back home, here in California cause he wanted to do a WSOP Circuit Event in Vegas so we thought we'd hook up. Unfortunately, we never met up but did speak on the phone a few times and he was such a polite man, Mehmet Hassan, will forever be in my heart. Semper Fi in latin means ALWAYS FAITHFUL and is our motto in the USMC. As a former NCO, I salute your father and I'm sorry we couldn't meet.
I will miss you, Mehmet.