On Friday, April 24, 1970, I graduated from boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. For three months, I had been a member of Platoon 223, Second Recruit Training Battalion. For much of that time I looked forward to having my family present and watching me graduate.
It wasn’t to be. Shortly before the graduation date I received a letter from home informing me that my folks would not be able to make the journey. Read More»