52 years ago today you and I met for the very first time and we had our first and only conversation. Even though half a century has passed, what we talked about that day is still fresh in my mind. You're forever 19-years old and I'm growing old. I find it ironic that such a brief conversation has had such an impact on my life. I've thought about you nearly every day since that fateful day. I watched the movie, Saving Private Ryan, the other day and the ending always makes me cry. "I've tried to live my life the best that I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that at least in your eyes I've earned what all of you have done for me." ~ Private James Francis Ryan
I hope that I've made you, and all those who sacrificed their lives at LZ Margo, proud. You have not been forgotten. We'll meet again someday and finish our conversation. Semper Fi
Thanks guys. Tough day for me. Thinking 'bout what was then, what happened over the years and what the future holds. Have I done my share? I like to think so. Will I do my share in the years I have left? Again I'd like to think so. Just know that I'm ever so thankful for the time I've had. Anyway, just got off the phone with Bill Griffith who was wounded, on the 15th, when Stan Pettit was killed. We both feel the same way. God Bless all of you. God Bless all who we served with. ~~ Semper Fidelis!!!
Thank you, Ron. I've always felt it's my duty and responsibility to keep the spirit alive of those who sacrificed their lives at LZ Margo. If we, as survivors don't, who will? A little over 7% of Americans, past and present, have served in the military, and yet we all benefit from their sacrifice. I've said it many times before and I'll say it again. I believe with all my heart that I was given a second chance on September 16, 1968 so that I can keep the memory of those I served with alive. What an honor and privilege that has been. COVID-19 has slowed that down a little bit, but I'm hoping things will somewhat return to normal next year. Semper Fi
Well said Steve. I think we all feel the burden of trying to be better men because of those we knew who never got the chance for a full life. You should be proud of what you have done and what you continue to do through your speaking engagements. Semper Fi