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...

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...
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...
Higher Power

Higher Power

The first time I really understood there was a Higher Power, and how we are linked, was in Viet Nam. I was a co-pilot in a Marine CH-46 Helicopter spiraling down to pick up a Marine medevac in an obscure valley south of Da Nang. The helicopter came under fire and...