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Charlie: The Story of a Veteran, a Real Man

Each Veterans Day, I reflect on those in my own family members who put on a uniform and went away to fight. My Dad,...

Semper Fi: Do or Die

My wife and I were in a restaurant making small talk over coffee the other day. I had removed and placed my green Marine...

Marine Corps Boot Camp Stories: The Drawl Remembers When

“shitcan”:    A highly offensive term for the act of discarding an object or objects of an unpleasant nature, of no value or of inferior...

Leaving The Corps In the Vietnam Era: A Finale to Our...

This is a continuation of Vietnam ‘Throwback Thursday’ series — click to read from the beginning. I had thirty days leave and had been gone...

My First Deployment as a Vietnam Era Marine: Part Five

This is a continuation of Vietnam 'Throwback Thursday' series -- click to read from the beginning. We decided to go to a nightclub called The...

Life After Boot Camp and My First Deployment: Part Four

This is a continuation of Vietnam 'Throwback Thursday' series -- click to read from the beginning. After a few months I received orders to Okinawa,...

Life After Bootcamp in the Vietnam Era: Part Three

This is a continuation of Vietnam 'Throwback Thursday' series.  Click to read from the beginning... It took a little over seven hours to get home...

When Missing the Word Really Matters

I was with one of those contingents of Marines that was shipped overseas, not by Braniff Airlines, but by travel arrangements courtesy of the...

Bootcamp in the Vietnam Era: Part Two

This is part two of the series, please click to read part one.  After what seemed like eternity, we went on to some more hand...

Bootcamp in the Vietnam Era: Part One

We're doing a little something different here.  We received a compelling submission that was unlike anything we've ever seen before.  It was an amazing...