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The sarcastic friend, encouraging coach and devoted soldier who had done everything he could to get to the Converse Maroon Men Middle East, where he wanted to make a difference, was not coming home.
Once, Simmon said, he had wanted to give up it had been raining for days Converse Shoes Uk
Charis Maines, 36, said everyone pronounced her name wrong at first, but Viola just ran with it. At the gym, he would without fail write the incorrect identifier Sharese on the board and feign ignorance.
In life, both at work and personally, he had a commitment to whatever he set his mind to, his friends said.
The about 100 people gathered in silence for a few moments.
"It was devastating," said Brett Simmon, 31, Viola's roommate, a coach at the gym and a fellow soldier with the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base.
"He had no off button, he would just go and go and go until it was done," said Simmon, who is 31.
The two met during Special Forces qualification in 2010. Viola had given up a commission in the Navy to enlist with the Army and try to become a Green Beret, Simmon said.
Shortly after that moment the skies cleared and the rain let up.
They wouldn't quit, though. That's not what Viola would have wanted.
He had left for the first deployment of his career just last month.
Viola came from a large family, which he loved, rooted in his hometown of Keller, Texas, said Army Staff Sgt. Bret Gratson, 31, who lives in Salt Lake City but traveled to Destin as soon as he heard the news of Viola's death.
On his own bio on the gym's website he wrote, "Crossfit came easy to him, mostly due to his strong genetics and rugged good looks . Legend has he was once spotted one arm power snatching a car off of a pregnant woman, using the other hand to actually deliver the baby."
'He just touched everybody's heart'
and they were facing a tough objective but Viola wouldn't let him.
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hundreds of people at more than 20 other gyms nationwide from his home state of Texas to New Jersey completed the same routine.
Viola's friends said he was funny, too, constantly ready with a sarcastic quip.
View a gallery of photos of Viola and from the workout. in Destin, Simmon addressed the crowd, trying not to cry. Viola's girlfriend, Hope Traylor, stood next to him.
Then the clock went off and those closest to Viola began, some with their faces crumpled in sadness. Several rubbed at tears in their eyes as they struggled to hoist their bodies into the air and onto a line of boxes on the gym floor.
One week after his death was announced, an even larger crowd again packed the gym, this time for a memorial workout in Viola's name. The workout was held at the same time his teammates in Afghanistan and Converse Purple Cactus
Simmon credits Viola with getting him through the tough qualification course.
ground," Simmon said. "That's what he worked for. All he wanted to do was deploy and get to Afghanistan."
"If it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't have made it," Simmon said. "He got me through a lot."
He had a way of using creative, if sometimes explicit, language to encourage people. He goaded Simmon a little, told him he was being weak, that they were almost there, and they pushed through.
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