September 16, 1968 is a day that changed all of our lives forever. It's always easy to focus on the negative aspects of our lives, but I prefer to be thankful on this very special day. I'm so very, very thankful I survived and that I've have had the opportunity to experience life for another 52 years. I'm thankful for the many trials and tribulations in my life because they've made me a stronger and better person. I'm thankful for my wife and children, who've put up with my many struggles and mood swings over the years. I'm thankful for the brief conversion I had with Doug Impson on September 15, 1968, just hours before he was killed. I'm still in awe that such a short, trivial conversation had such a powerful impact on my life. I'm thankful to have served with some of the finest and bravest Marines to ever walk the face of the earth. I'm thankful for our reunion in 2018. It is without a doubt one of the best things to ever happen to me. What an amazing experience! I'm thankful and proud that I'm a United States Marine. I'm thankful that God has brought me a peace I've never known before.
Remember and reflect today on those heroes we left behind. Remember and reflect today on all of the blessings in your life. We owe it to those who sacrificed their lives to live our lives to the fullest. They wouldn't want it any other way. It is our duty and obligation to keep their spirit alive, and to honor their memory through our lives. Semper Fi