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Friday, September 24, 2010

Today...42 years ago

On this day 42 years ago, I was leaving a history class at Shepherd College (now a university) and was mad as hell! Another verbal slugfest with a wannabe Vietnam war protesting college professor had just ended and his words that day changed my life.  " If you believe in the war, then go and enlist and stop evading the draft by sitting in class. " I pissed him off too, I guess.  It was a Friday night and at the local watering hole a few hours before closing time, I announced to the hanger ons that I was to enlist in the Marine Corps come Monday. A loud cheer erupted and my money was no good for the remainder of the night.  I followed through that Monday by enlisting in the Marines and was to be walking point and sleeping on hard ground by February. I guess the professor (who left for UCLA that same year) and I were both right.  He did not believe in the war and I believed in my country.  As it turns out, I think I got the best of the deal and will explain in my next post...

8 comments:

Happytrails said...

Congratulations and thank you for your service to this great country!!

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Thank you...thank you...thank you for your service!

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

From one Veteran to another thank you for your service. (1969)

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Wayne and Roberta said...

Thank You for serving our country and protecting all of us in this great country!

Weldon and Sandy said...

Good for you and thanks for serving our country. We let you Nam vets down but lets hope those returning from Iraq don't go through the same as you guys had to go through.Iam a vet too and I try to make it a point to thank every active as well as Veteran know how I feel about them serving this great country of ours.

Danny &Shula Oren said...

Regards from an EX submariner.

Stephanie said...

Thank you for your service, Marine. I too am planning to join the ranks of the Marine Corps. Semper Fidelis.