November 2008

Who Were You With?

Volume 92, Issue 11

Telling ourselves about each other

A few years ago I was strolling with my wife through a fall festival in a small Kansas town. I was wearing a red ball cap with an eagle, globe, and anchor logo on the front. I noticed another man with a similar hat as he passed us in the crowd. He stopped, turned to me, and said, "Who were you with?"

"1st Marine Aircraft Wing, MASS Duce [Marine Air Support Squadron 2], Dong Ha on the DMZ [demilitarized zone], '68-'69. You?" I answered without thinking.

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Alexander Merrow