Memorial Day Thanks

Memorial Day Thanks

As Memorial Day approaches, friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers have thanked me for serving in the military.  Just today my wife and I went to an outlet mall, and when I bought some shoes with my military credit card, a register clerk thanked me for my...
Requiem for a Faithful Workhorse

Requiem for a Faithful Workhorse

The United States Marine Corps retired the H-46 helicopter in 2015…about the same time I retired from my professional career. The H-46 was a faithful vehicle for the Marine Corps. In Viet Nam it had a variety of missions including Medevac extracts, Recon Inserts and...

The Great Santini

On November 24, 1967, I was at Pensacola, FL. I had checked in at the Marine Corps Training Command on November 20th and had been assigned to go through Ground School at Mainside.  I had been with a bunch of Marine Aviation Students running the sea course, when a...
Camaraderie

Camaraderie

There is a lot to be said for camaraderie. The dictionary defines it as “loyalty and warm, friendly feelings among comrades.” However, I think a deeper explanation is warranted. When two or more people share an exceptional experience together, a bond is...
Learning for Dummies

Learning for Dummies

My Dad, who I affectionately called “Pop”, had to put up with a lot from me, but he got back at me a few times. His way of teaching was “let the idiot find out for himself.” As an example, we were eating at a restaurant in Gatlinburg, Tennessee during a summer...
Conquering Fear

Conquering Fear

  I want to explain… Let’s start again. Make that: “I want to plead guilty” to the Fear of Large Bodies of Water.   Now I know that sounds crazy, but when you have to make carrier landings out in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles from shore, fear of water can...