We were so thankful that he got in the band, and didn't have to go to Viet Nam with his battalion. They told him he could be in the band after his clothes were shipped over. It was a blessing from God that he didn't have to go. He went to all the flights leaving and coming home from Viet Nam. He would let me go with him when they came home, but he wouldn't let me go and watch them leave. It was always so hard for him to see them leave. I remember going to Point Magu one night for a flight coming home, and there was no family members there to greet them as they got off the plane. Only the band playing stars and stripes, etc. When they left they played Anchors Away, and still every time I hear that song I cry! I appreciate so much all the veterans and their families.
I can not even imagine losing a loved one in a war. It has to be so devastating, and there are so many that have. We are so blessed to live in a free America, thanks to those who have served, and for those serving now, no matter where they are!