Listen: Harold Greene, on the chance of death and joy of life

Harold F. Greene is philosophical about the death of his son, a two-star Army general, shot in Afghanistan five years ago. His son, Harold J. Greene, who got good results working collegially in the Army, was there to train Afghan soldiers and to help the country develop training so it could carry on after the United States’ withdrawal. He chuckles as he remembers the happy times with his three sons growing up in the Guilderland home where, at almost 90, he still lives. The elder Greene says in this week’s podcast that everyone has an allotted time on this Earth. He also knew, having served in the Army himself at the end of World War II, that death was a possibility. And, he notes with pride that his son’s son went on to West Point and is himself pursuing a military career.


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