It was never easy
On the day I retired from the Navy, my crew presented me with a shadow box. That box sits on my desk and I look at it from time to time when I am not typing stories or checking out the latest on the Internet. It’s a nice box with beveled edges, a glass =cover that has kept the dirt at bay for many years and a deep blue velvet background. The display is a chronology of my service from the time I enlisted until the day I retired. All of the achievements of my career are visible and each remind me the one thing that all military people know and understand. It was never easy.
I took my first oath at the age of seventeen with my proud parents standing by. Like my father before me and his father too, I chose the…
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