It is with a heavy heart that I let the North-South Skirmish Famiy know about the passing of one of my oldest skirmish buddies, Art Tyska.
I remember first meeting Art in 1970. He was in theUSS Michigan Landing Party then and a VASTLY more experienced skirmisher having been in the game for one more year that me.
Art was everything that I see as the best in skirmishing. He was friendly, willing to share his knowledge, whether you were shooting beside him or against him. Make NO MISTAKE, he was a competitor, BUT he wanted you to be doing your best when he went against you, because, win or lose you BOTH would be expected to be doing your best.
Art was a tinkerer, looking to find ways for our old "tech" to deliver its BEST performance, within the rules. he would help you, no matter what team you were on.
He was pleasant company, on the line, or around a campfire. Frankly, I have no higher praise for a man , or a shooter, than that....
Godspeed, my old friend, until we meet on that firing line in the sky.
Your Skirmish Pard,
P.S Thanks to Bobby Elka for the photo
R.C. "Digger" Huntoon
N-SSA # 1504V - 1970 - present
1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry