Marines everywhere....

... Yesterday morning, I headed out at the crack of dawn with my 2nd Cousin to visit my Great Uncle just outside Paducah, Kentucky... near where the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers meet... 5 and a half hours later, we were pulling into his driveway.. he is a veteran of Siapan, Tinian, Roi Namur, and Iwo Jima... an artilleryman with Mike Battery, 14 Regiment, 4th Marine Division.. wounded on Siapan and Iwo, he is one of a fine breed... My roadtrip partner is a beer-drinking 26th Marines vet.. Khe Sahn, Operation Hastings.. 3rd Shore Party during the Vietnam War.. a damn fine guy to be in a car with for nearly 12 hours...

... once in Kentucky, we had lunch, talked genealogy, listened to tales of a childhood in depression-era Eastern Tennessee, the current War, and politics... three hours came and went in the blink of an eye... and suddenly it was time to go....

... halfway home, we stopped at a fast-food joint for a burger, and ran into a young Marine just back from Iraq... a crew chief on a HMM Squadron from Miramar... we listened to him talk of riding CH-53s through the rough and tumble of the past year....

... four generations of old jarheads... WWII... Vietnam... GWI... and GWII.. related in various ways, but all of us Brothers...

... I dragged myself home around 10:30 last night, and fell into bed... it was a very long day, but worth every second...

by Eric on April 22, 2005 | Bullshit (4) | Military Stuff
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Man, that is one long turnaround in a day.

Bullshitted by Sam on April 22, 2005 11:11 AM

.. you got that right, Sam.. I was beat down...

Bullshitted by Eric on April 22, 2005 11:21 AM

Glad you made it there Bro! Sadly, there isnt many WWII vets left. Let's treasure them while we still have them.
I still keep in touch with some of my old buddies, and a couple of weeks ago a fellow NSG squid came by on vacation from Augusta Ga. Hadnt seen him in 35 years!
Talked to my old Chief and his son just retired a CPO. Man I changed that Chiefs' diapers 35 years ago!
God, Im feelin' old.
Quite a brotherhood, indeed...

Bullshitted by Kermit on April 22, 2005 09:04 PM

MMMMMMMMmmm Marines!
;)

Bullshitted by Maeve on April 23, 2005 12:36 AM