"I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite.
Not to tell stories or look at old picture's.
Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their humanity."
"I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the military. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another."
"I cannot say where we are headed. Ours are not perfect friendships, those are the province of legend and myth. A few of my comrades drift far from me now, sending back only occasional word. I know that one day even these could fall to silence. Some of the men will stay close, a couple, perhaps, always at hand."
"As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, everyday. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades...........such good men."
"THESE GOOD MEN" by Michael Norman
“'Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have made a difference in the world.
Marines don't have that problem.”
President Ronald Reagan , 1985