Tomorrow, we remember and honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our great nation. Sadly, many will give no thought to those sacrifices or to their significance.
Seldom has a day passed during the last 44 years that I haven't thought about you and the events of that September afternoon. It is the most defining moment of my life. I learned about life, death, fear, and most of all, helplessness.
I still don't know your name or anything about you. We were young Marines who were being medevaced by helicopter after being severely wounded. I will never forget the look in your eyes or the helplessness I felt as you begged and pleaded with me to help you, but all I could do was hold your hand as life slowly left your body.
I'm sure that someone today is remembering you as a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle or friend. Your death changed the life of a 19-year old kid forever.
You have not been forgotten. Semper Fidelis