Msgt. Kenneth E Maddux, USMC, Ret. Marine Corps Birthday 231st
My father joined the Marine Corps Sept. 10, 1942.
He retired Aug. 31, 1968.
Recently my father was extremely ill in the hospital for 22 days.
He was not doing well, getting ready for his second surgery in a few hours on Sept. 1, 2006, when four Marines in dress blues walked into his room. They spent an hour with him & you could see his entire outlook change. My brother had gone to see Salinas Marine Corps Recruiters, told they them my father was ill. My brother said, "Old Marines need to see young Marines"
There was a time I did not think my father would get home. I'm a nurse, I knew what he looked like & what was going on with him. On that Sept day the Marines invited him to come & participate in a function for young ROTC Marines for the Marine Corps Birthday. My father had a goal, to get through the second surgery, fight the infections, rehab & get home. My father went to the function on November 4, 2006. My brother was right, Old Marines need to see young Marines.