By Lou Drendel
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"Morning was once constantly a welcome sight to us. It intended issues. the 1st used to be that we have been nonetheless alive. . . . "
In 1967, dying was once the consistent significant other of the Marines of resort corporation, 2/5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, dust, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang. yet John Culbertson and many of the remainder of resort corporation have been a similar lean, struggling with Marines who had survived the carnage of Operation Tuscaloosa. Hotel's grunts walked over the enemy, now not round him.
In photograph phrases, John Culbertson describes the day-by-day, risky lifetime of a soldier scuffling with in a rustic the place the enemy used to be usually indistinguishable from the allies, fought tenaciously, and idea not anything of utilizing civilians as a defend. even though he used to be one of many best marksmen in 1st Marine department Sniper tuition in Da Nang in March 1967--a type of simply eighteen, selected from the division's twenty thousand Marines--Culbertson knew that opposed to the VC and the NVA, reliable education and event may well hold you simply to date. yet his company's undertaking used to be to discover and interact the enemy, regardless of the fee. This riveting, bloody first-person account bargains a stark testimony to the stuff U. S. Marines are made from.
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Louis Browns play and later the Cardinals. Driving down there in the late 1940s or early 1950s, going down to the ballpark, sitting in the stands with peanuts and a hot dog. . It was just very memorable. I can remember the smell and the sights and the sounds and it was just very exciting. However, I didn’t get to go to that many games as a youth because we didn’t have much money. ” Jack’s father was a factory worker in Springfield, Illinois, and his mother was a waitress. Neither had a college degree, but they raised him to place a premium on family and education.
He huffs a bit and says, “You could just feel the joke swish right over her head. ” 30 The Activists COMMANDER PAUL E. ), AND MRS. PHYLLIS GALANTI A t a White House state dinner for the POWs in 1973, then–Secretary of State Henry Kissinger looked at Paul Galanti, then looked at Phyllis Galanti, then looked at Paul again and said to him in his famous accent and with a chuckle, “Your vife: she caused me so much trouble . . ” After Paul was shot down and captured, Phyllis moved to Richmond, Virginia.
Ode to a Porcelain Cup Oh, porcelain cup you’ve served me well, thru these years of waste. Each time I felt the need of drink, you watered my weathered face. When we first met many years ago, you were bright and shiny and new. Now you’re dull, chipped and cracked, you’ve become aged too. We’ve been thru a lot together, lo these many years. Lots of heat, lots of sweat, hours of longing and fear. But when I leave this forlorn place, as my days in this hell are up. I’ll take along the memory of you, my old porcelain cup.