"The Change Is Forever"
Posted By: Rocky Fortner 10-05-11
Life has NEVER been the same since I earned the title U.S. Marine - December - 1963. Platoon #277 MCRD San Diego.
I'll be eternally grateful for the standards established by My Corps that were - and are , a big part of my personality and ethos. Served four years as a "Grunt" and P.M.I. (Viet Nam - 65' - 66' (wounded twice).
Since leaving the Corps, I've used the hard earned experiences from the Corps in my daily life in both my professional & personal environments with GREAT success.
To this day, nearly 50 years after my tour, I'm proud to say I was one of the "FEW".....The men I walked with in the jungle are still my brothers - and share a bond that others can only dream of.
Every time I meet a fellow Marine, or they realize that I'm a "brother" - It's hand shakes, a hug and a "Semper Fi"....I've rarely seen members of the other services greet each other with such respect, honor or appreciation.
My blood brother, James, was also a Marine "Grunt "in Viet Nam (M-60 Machine Gun) and to this day we never end a conversation or phone call without an "Urah - Rah - Semper Fi". I've NEVER been more proud to be a United States Marine. Best wishes to all the "NEW" Generation of warriors. Remember - The Change IS forever!
"Rocketman " LIMA 3/3 - Weapons Platoon.
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