Growing up in Northern "small town" Oklahoma, most of us really knew our neighbors. Some more than others, some we knew through others, and there was always the small town gossip to fill us in on those we didn't know. One of those people who didn't fit into any of those categories was my friend Jake McNiece. Most everybody knew him as the nice old man at church that always had hard candy for us kids. Most adults knew he was a veteran who had served his country, but most had no idea on the details of it.