Is That You, John Wayne?  Is This Me?


 Gus in Da Nang, circa 1967, holding the Fleet Hometown God.
Gus is wearing a pith helmet taken off a dead NVA soldier..
Photo from LA Weekly Magazine, June 1993.


 



    "MARINE!"
    "AYE-AYE, SIR!"
    "WIPE THAT SMILE OFF YOUR FACE!"
    "AYE-AYE, SIR!"
    The poge colonel moves around me, stalks me.  "Do you call yourself a Marine?"
    "Well..."
    "WHAT?"
    "Crossed fingers, king's-X.  "Yes, sir."

--from The Short-Timers
 



 

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