"Take care of yourselves and each other, and always remember my motto:
Itís ok to work hard, as long as you play harder."

-Joe Milligan,
in an email to his parents 7/02

Christopher Byrd
December 24, 2002
10:42 PM

The first time I met Joe was on Halloween night our freshman year in 1997. He was wearing a speedo. All the pledges were dressed up in rediculous costumes, but this was by far the worst of them all, being forced to dress as Greg Luganus. I looked at Jordan, and said they must really not like this guy. Jordan said na, he's a pretty cool cat. It did not take long for me to see that Milligan was indeed a smooth guy and the only one who could successfully pull off a costume of a queer swimmer with a little style.
Although I went to the Citadel and missed out on some of the action and crazy stories I did take part in a few that I will always remember. Milligan, Jordan, Pucket, and Bennett gave me a place of refuge from the gates of the Del and everytime I slipped out they always had something interesting to get in on. Trips to the beach, parties, and late night rages... There was also the trip to Coasta Rica with Jordan, Joe, Sam, Pucket, Glen and I. That was interesting to say the least. Jordan, Joe and myself somehow managed to lose the other three enroute to another surf destination because we were too busy throwing candy at the local kids and got left behind and missed a couple of turns. We remained seperated for a couple of days. Can't amagine that..... We did not speak a lick of spanish, had no map and no idea where we were or where we were going. You could safely say that it was the blind leading the blind. Some crazy things happend on the escapade that we will always remember and is better if we leave those stories on that twisted road between Negra and Jaco Beach.
I only knew Joe for a short while it seems, but he left a lasting impression on me that will live on forever. He was happiest when he was in the water and on an adventure. Like his memory he will live on forever through the stories and thoughts of his friends that are posted here and forever flowing through their hearts and minds. Thanks for the laughs and good times Joe.
Christopher Byrd

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