Friday, April 4, 2003

Keeping in touch

Tristate reacts to war

Arthur Cawman, 30, is a Black Hawk pilot serving in Iraq, and was able to phone home.
Submitted photo

Warrant Officer 1 Arthur Cawman, 30, is a 1991 graduate of Springboro High School. He is the son of Karol King of Cincinnati and Robert Cawman of Union, Ky.


Karol King said it was "just like hearing the voice of an angel" when she answered the phone at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Her son Art, a Black Hawk pilot in the Mideast, was on the other end. "And he's no angel,'' she adds.

"I can't talk long. I'm fine,'' he said. He had one favor to ask his mom: call the family of another Black Hawk pilot, Phil Cantrell of Pensacola, Fla. "Tell his parents that he is OK.''

Still gleeful from the three-minute call just hours earlier, King said her son would not tell her where he was but said, "it pays to have good friends with a good phone.''

She asked him about the heat and the pilot said it is 107 degrees "and just like Hawaii. There's lots of sand and a surprise around every dune.'' It was the first time they had spoken since his deployment at the end of January. He said he had received very little mail and has gotten only one of the five packages sent to him. But, his mom adds, he was glad to hear from her that the American people are behind him.

He is a Ranger, has been in the Special Forces, and is now an aviator. In a March letter to his mother, he wrote "Although the job that we are training for could be dangerous, I do not want you to worry. I am fine, and I am going to bring all of the kids (the soldiers he is responsible for training) home with me."

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