Here is the pumpkin that I found in a thrift store with it's top missing:
I'm going to place either my "Enter" or "Exit" pumpkin on top of it. Also, it just looks cool as is with a cool glow coming out the top. Here is the pumpkin lit with different colors (the finger lights I got from Dollar Tree):
The green one actually has the red light poked through his eye. Looks creepy, I think.
Prayers out to you will keep him in my thoughts. Tell him i said Thank you and be safe out there. I know my mom was in a navy for a bit before she had got married not sure what other parts of my family but i gladly support all who serve our country.