Mom, Dad, future, current and former Marines, join me in a journey.
This is the story of poor boy, entering manhood in the shadow of the local
lumberyard, hoping to escape a life of poverty and obscurity by joining the
All the ads ask, do you want to be one of the few, one of the proud?
Are they a generalization of the future, or a complete fabrication? Will the
Marine Corps give you the opportunity to break the bonds of your class, or
forever linger on a lost dream? Will a four year commitment give you the tools
to climb the steep ladder of success, or squander your youth?
This is my story. I fully intended to make a career of the Marine
Corps, which served as the catalyst for my joining. Did I know what was coming?
Yes and no. There is a thin line between evasion and “truthiness.”