He used to be a Lieutenant Colonel.

Patricia, see that man over there. He was a decorated war veteran.

How do you know that, Will?

His daughter told me. He doesn’t talk at all. He has dementia.

How sad. I pictured him in another life – as a career man in the United States Armed Forces.

From Wikopedia:

Lieutenant colonel (lieutenant-colonel in British English from the French grade’s spelling) is a rank of commissioned officer in the armies and most marine forces and some air forces of the world, typically ranking above a major and below a colonel. The rank of lieutenant colonel is often shortened to simply “colonel” in conversation and in unofficial correspondence.[1] A lieutenant colonel is typically in charge of a battalion in the army


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