I was discharged from Camp Lejeune in the fall of '69 and headed home to NY. I knew Chesty lived in Saluda, Virginia and thought about stopping to pay my respects.
But I hadn't been home in over a year, yada yada, and I never did take that detour. I've regretted it ever since.
Semper Fi ...
posted on 02/20/2009 4:18:50 PM PST
I was moving from TX to DE around that time (I know, from the penthouse to the outhouse)and called his home to see if he was taking visitors. His wife said that the man was feeling poorly. However, he did come on the phone and thanked me for calling.
He died a week later. His words will stay with me until the day I die.
Good night Chesty, rest easy.
Semper fi, do or die
posted on 02/20/2009 5:39:09 PM PST
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