Me at 18
Sergeant – United States Marine Corps
1965 – 1971
Vietnam 1967 – 1968
A Blast from the Past; the year was 1966. The Mama’s & Papa’s were singing California Dreaming, I was in the Marine Corps and I had just gotten engaged to my high school sweetheart—I was 18 years old. One year later (1967) I was a Sergeant, and spending my days 24/7 in Vietnam. I look at this photo today and say to myself: Was I ever REALLY that young? Returning home in 1968 I was a completely different person (having grown old at 20), and my girlfriend married me not knowing who I had become, or where her innocent boyfriend had gone—we had become strangers. I wish that I could have had a conversation with THAT young man.
Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the soldiers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards, everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Peter, Paul & Mary