Posted by Val Fox on April 22, 2014 at 2:10 AM
Today's post features a brief, yet poignant story of an encounter between two men in a store. Many thanks to writer Rick Turton from the writer's group Writers, Poets and Deviants (WPaD.) for sharing this heart-warming story. Those who are meant to read it will find it.
The other day I was sitting in Costco waiting for my family to arrive. I saw an older gentleman wearing a black baseball cap that had embroidered on it, "World War 11, Korea and Viet Nam Veteran.
"Being a Viet Nam Vet myself, I struck up a conversation with him. Wow! I said. That's a pretty impressive hat!"
He replies (with no small amount of pride) "I signed on in Oakland in 1943 as a Marine. I was at Guadalcanal, The Phillipines and finally in occupied Japan. I spent 18 months in Korea and did two tours of Viet Nam. I was a Drill Sergeant at Perris Island. Finally got out after 30 years."
We played the Where-were-you-stationed game for a while and he said, "You know, the Marines are a close-knit group. You'll run across your friends several times during your time in. I made some life-long friends in World War 11 that I met in Korea too. Buried most of them in Viet Nam though.
"Spent a lot of time trying to figure out why I survived. Finally got the answer when I found out my wife of 30 years had cancer. My job was to take care of her. She died last spring."
With that thousand-yard stare he paused, eyes welling up a bit, remembering.
"Like everything else," he said, "I saw it through to the end."
Survivors : The Letter "S"
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