Profile Updated: July 30, 2014
Residing In: Jerusalem, Israel Israel
Spouse/Partner: Dana
Occupation: Business Development/Communications/Advocacy
Children: 3 adult children and one daughter-in-law. First granddaughter, Shoshana, born April 21, 2014
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After 30 years as a lobbyist, 25 heading up my own firm, I became Of Counsel to my firm. My wife and I now spend about 8 months a year in Jerusalem and the balance in Sacramento. I consult with and provide services to Israeli and U.S. firms on communications, advocacy, law and regulations, and business development. I blog at and for The Times of Israel.

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Alan L. EDELSTEIN has left an In Memory comment for Hugo GAYTAN. New comment added.
Oct 30, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Posted on: Oct 29, 2014 at 8:33 AM

I want to thank the classmates who have taken the time to remember Hugo and to publish the detailed account of his death as a hero.  I remember him although we were not close.  If I knew that he had died in Vietnam, I had forgotten about it. 

My wife and I are in the final days of planning a month-long trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.  We leave this upcoming Saturday, Nov. 1st.  As I have been doing the research for the trip, the Vietnam Era with its horrors and controversy, things that I have not thought about in detail for years,  have been coming back up.  It was a matter of "luck" that a new comment was just posted and that it caught my attention. 

I have to admit that, as a young person, I was fairly clueless as to what our service personnel were going through, the sacrifices they made and the horrible things many experienced.  Now, having a nephew who is a career officer in the U.S. Navy, and living a good part of the year in Israel, where, unfortunately, war is never that far away and our young people are constantly encountering the challenges of military service, I have a much better and more mature appreciation of what Hugo and all of our Vietnam veterans experienced. 

Our upcoming trip was looking to be a lot of fun, interesting, informative, and meaningful.  Reading the account of Hugo's last mission, as well as the remembrances of him by some classmates, have really added to the meaning of the trip and to the experience I will have.  I want to thank those classmates who took the time to post comments and I want to say that I will think of Hugo and his sacrifice on this trip.  When remembering a deceased person, we Jews say out of respect "May his memory be for a blessing."  May Hugo Gayton's memory, and the memory of all our deceased veterans, be for a blessing.   



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