Bayard Scott Pickett
On Monday, December 21, 2009, Bayard "Scotty" Pickett reported in to his maker. He was our Marine Detachment commander on Providence from re-commissioning in 1959 through 1961. His 30 years in the Marine Corps started as a private at Parris Island in 1945, saw him commissioned in 1952 in time to fight in Korea and later in Vietnam. During his career, Colonel Pickett commanded every size Marine Corps fighting unit from four-man fire teams to a regiment. He finally retired to his home and patient wife in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina during 1976.
We enjoyed another monthly lunch together just this past Tuesday, December 15th. All was well. Today I attended his funeral. He was sent off with full military honors including sharp, young Marine riflemen, a Navy bugler playing taps, our Stars and Stripes being presented to his wife of many years, and a lot of old Marines with memories of a great man. Our USS Providence Association has another name to remember with the chimes of the ship's bell. Semper Fi -
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid, you see.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another
If my parting has left a
Be not burdened with times
of sorrow -
Perhaps my time seemed all