Cold, and windy. Sometimes on Veterans Day, we go down to the adjacent county where a big steak house is owned by a veteran. He gives everybody who served a free dinner today. It's a good, long drive though and my wife and I were having a low energy day. We just stayed home and watched some television by the fire.
So, for Veterans Day, I think I will just put up some random pictures from my Marine Corps days.
This was summer of 1973 at Fort Benning, Ga. I went down there to the Army airborne school on permissive orders. That means, I didn't get TAD and had to pay my own way down and back.
Most of the Marines from my reserve unit went, it was a peer pressure thing.
I did three jumps from C-130's, and two from C-141's. This picture is the one they take after you make your last jump, it's done on a fake aircraft fuselage.
It was very, very hot down there that summer, and having finished up I'd rather have gone back to the barracks and cleaned up, but they didn't ask you what you wanted to do.
Never jumped out of an airplane again.
HT-8 and the Bell Sea Ranger. The winter of 1977 I think.
1976, The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia
Rifle Range, Camp Lejeune, N.C. I think this was 1977
Back at Quantico , Marine Corps Schools, 1981
Making the great leap from 2nd Lt. to 1st. Lt. I think in 1977.
That's about enough down memory lane for this Veteran's Day. Hope everybody has a good time and good memories today.