Lyn Nofziger understood the meaning of sacrifice
By Craig Shirley; Thursday, June 6, 2013
Ronald Reagan was not one to generally bestow nicknames on staff. He had nothing against nicknames, and in fact, over the years had himself picked up “Dutch” from his father and “the Gipper” from his portrayal of the dying George Gipp in “Knute Rockne, All American.”
Nancy was “Mommy” (but only after his own mother had passed away), daughter Maureen was “Mermie,” and son Ronald Prescott was “Skipper,” which he hated.
To Reagan, Peter Hannaford was always “Pete,” Edwin Meese was always “Ed,” Richard Allen was always “Dick,” and James A. Baker III was always “Jim.”
But for Franklyn C. Nofziger, to Reagan, he was always “Lynwood.” Lyn never knew how or why Reagan conferred the nickname on the disheveled and plain-spoken but beloved aide. One thing was for sure though. Reagan was always a sucker for war heroes, and Nofziger was a war hero.