Dear Grand Kids,
I have never talked about My experiences in the Marines.
I will make an exception for you.
I will try to answer each of your question so that it will be of help to you.
The kind of weapons that I used depended upon the situation I was in. If I was parachuting behind enemy lines , I would only carry a small pistol. If I was landing from a sub, I would carry a small rifle. If I was on the front line, I would try to find any type of automatic weapons I could get a hold of.
I was a proud member of the Marines.
I enlisted in the Marines.
I served in Korea, The Suez Canal conflict and a few more.
Yes, I wanted to be in the military.
I was never stationed very long in the USA. I served all over the world.
Anyone who has ever been in combat and says they were never scared is a big fat liar. Sometimes you did not have time to think about being scared, You just did your job.
I served three and one half years in Korea, One year in the Suez Canal mess and various other places that can't be talked about.
When serving in combat, it was best not to make close friends. If they didn't come back from a mission, it didn't seem to hurt as much.
I spent about six and one half years in the Marines, mostly in foreign countries.
My Drill Sergeant was very strict. If you did as you were told and kept your nose clean, you had very few problems.
Yes, I was awarded a few medals. I was awarded three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, several Medals of Commendation, and I was given some French Medal that I can't spell or pronounce.
As I said, I have never discussed my Military with anyone before today and I may never discuss it again. I will let Kerry and Bush discuss war records.
I hope this will be helpful.
I love you,