This page is dedicated to our heros of the Vietnam war,
our Vets and our POW-MIA's. I've chosen a light background versus the dark background you see on so many web pages
dedicated to these causes. Light symbolizes hope, dark symbolizes doom and despair. I still think there's hope in
finding out what really happened to our POW-MIA's. Let's do our part. Lets hold our government more accountable for
real answers from Hanoi.
I spent several months in the glorious country of RSVN. More than most; less than some. I did time with MAG-16,
HMM-263 and VMA(AW) 242. I was just a plain ole' jarhead trying to do good. I didn't do anything to
distinguish myself or any of that other silly stuff. I had some
good times and some bad times. Only the good ones seem to stick
around today. Drank a lot of booze and swapped a lot of
lies. I just tried to do a good
job, have some fun and stay alive.
I, like most of us, lost friends and buddies in
the war. I lost my best friend in high school in Nam. He name was
Dale Gene Smith.
I named my youngest son after another life long friend that
was killed. I realized then any
of us could die. I knew there was a bullet out there with
everyone's name on it. I realized there was a little slant eyed
yellow bastard out there who could kill me. I couldn't blame him for
wanting to stay alive.
I made long lasting friends as well.
hooch mate Mike Pearl is one. We lost each other for many years and found
each other again a few years back. We are just as tight today as
we were back in Nam. We'll still do anything anywhere anytime together.
We've had the good times! Rusty Nails forever!