Thanks partner, I appreciate that.
In fact - I am presently sitting out in the warm and bright sun on my patio in California, operating wirelessly.
It feels good on my back and my balding head.....even though I can remember how I cursed the Sun when I didn’t want the light to torture me with its heat or reveal our position or movement to the enemy...
For two days and nights now — I’ve been pouring some good sipping whiskey into an old fashion glass over an ice cube and drinking toasts to those brothers who are no longer with me...
From my patio - I have neither a clear line of sight to my East toward the Wall on the Mall nor to my Southwest toward Vietnam — mountains surround me. But I can see both clearly, even through whiskey, tears and age blurred eyes...
This is always a horrible time of year for me and mine.....
I pray for the lost, and pray that the sword and shield of our Lord will stand over our young warriors still on the battlefield....that they may slay the enemy and return intact to their loved ones and family.
And you old friend, Your legs should be getting less speedy, so cut your fuses a little longer or run your wire a lot further before you crank off that charge..
Semper Fi -— and rest assured that at the core, it’s STILL the Corps.
Happy Birthday Marines!
Welcome home warriors!
And Good Night Chesty!
For those that have never been there, no explanation is possible.....for those that have, no explanation is needed.
Rest easy, stay safe .....ya earned every second.
I keep promising myself I'll go down to the American Legion or VFW but... I never do.
Seems so long ago we did this,
but yet sometimes, like today, it's also seems like it was just yesterday.
Interesting irony is my next door neighbors are Viet Namese boat people,
A constant reminder from God that we did the right thing.
I live in Southern Calif. So today I mowed the lawn and thanked
God for my legs and having a whole body after the things I put it through.
For sure, I ain't going to be running any 5 miles runs with full field pack.
I'll leave it to the new warriors.
I/we did our part, we answered the call and we are forever a part (noticed or unnoticed) of this great country's History.
It was an honor to serve and frankly I rarely talk of it to anyone.
1968 - 1969 RVN, Company H 75th Ranger Battalion