|Comments by Dan Goodman on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 12:02
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|Was with the USMCR Amtrac unit in Tampa during the sixties. No hero, just trying to be a Marine for myself, and a college grad for my family at the same time.
Would love to find some of my old buddies, especially Nelson the ironworker and Greg Utley, who went with me to Naval Decon school in Gulfport after they decided they weren't calling us up (post Port Hueneme).
Anybody ever run across my favorite DI, the one who made the picture come together for a confused seventeen year old, Cpl. Tomolka? Or our lead DI, Sgt. Brown, a former radioman?
I hardly did anything for the Corps, but the Corps did as much or more for me in life than anything else I've ever done.
But to this day, I do all that I can to honor the Corps, and always get with other Marines to celebrate the birthday.
I hope my son, who is now 10, can benefit from the mistakes I made. If I had it to do over, I would have done a full career.
Semper Fi and God Bless the Marine Corps!