I often think about those in the past fighting our wars who came home to no one. They fought just as hard as the next guy, made it out alive and when it came time to come home, there was no parade, music or even loved ones there to meet them.
You have to know your Marines
It may have been more prevalent back in WWI & WWII where warriors fought with little communication with their loved ones, surely not email and after many months if not years came home to no one. I can’t imagine coming home after experiencing war and having the climax of your trip home be stepping off a train to no one. I had Marines that had no one. Seventeen and eighteen year olds that had no parents, girlfriend or wife. They fought their asses off and came home, picked up their sea bags, had plans on “meeting up with other Marines” only to be stopped and told, you coming to my house Marine. Reluctant at first but appreciative they went with their officer or SNCO who knew, the worst thing to be is alone after coming home. Most wont even say anything, but will simply disappear through the crowed of hugs and greetings only to spread away and have the feeling that they would kill for someone to be there for them. It’s hard to know they are alone but then again you must know your Marines. When you truly know your Marines you learn things like, LCpl so & so wife has left him or you remember his remaining parent passed away during deployment.
We are Marines
We are Marines and we take care of one another. Yes we have different ranks with in the Marine Corps but I know many times younger Marines have helped senior Marines in and out of battle just as senior Marines lead and take care of their junior Marines. Call it a mafia call it a gun club, we are Marines and we will fight to the death for one another. There may not be anyone there to meet them when they return from war, but there will always be another Marine there for them for the rest of their lives.
Great job Marines especially to all of those that came home to no one. We know what a great job you have done. We know who you are and what you represent. You can walk proud because of job well done. You are not alone.
Time for a Cgar!