Thank you Cpl.for your service to this great nation and to our Corps.
Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same
The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces
Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime -- forever young --
And a part of them is with us always."
--- Author Unknown ---
God Bless You
Cpl. Patrick J. King USMC 1969 - 1970 email@example.com Childhood friend and fellow Marine Oakland, CA I first met Jim when I was in the 4th grade at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Binghamton,NY. Jim was the younger brother of Bill Carlin, who was a friend and classmate. These two shared an uncommonly close relationship, especially for brothers at that age. I remember a number of things we did together, one of which was trying to launch a "rocket" at the schoolyard. It was more of a bomb, and created a crater about the size of a basketball. In the 8th grade I went to the public school, and seemed to lose contact with Jim and Bill. The next recollection I have of Jim, is meeting him at the funeral of his brother. Bill died in a car crash while a University student in Arizona. Ironically, Jim and I joined the Marine Corps at about the same time in April of 1969. I ran into him at Camp Geiger, and was happy to renew this friendship. Unfortunately, these would be the last times I would see him alive. I arrived in Viet Nam on December 6, 1969. Jim arrived a few weeks later, but I never really knew this until I received a newspaper clipping about his death. Our fathers were friends. Jim's middle name, Cook, was in remembrance of an uncle who was killed in World War 2 I often think about Jim, and Bill, and numerous other friends I have lost over the years. The world is a little worse for not having them with us