Went fishing with my wife to June Lake CA, second day there we were parking wife had to "go" then on her way back she says to me hey the old guy over there is a Marine! Like I wouldn't have noticed, anyway I caught up with him at the loading ramp said out loud HEY MARINE at which point he straightend up turn to look at me, we shook hands and I found out he had been on most of the island hopping campaigns, said he wasn't on Iwo Jima or another island (can't remember which he said) due to injuries.
His son by this point was standing there and listening to us talking, he later told me that it was like listening to two men talking about something like it was just yesterday, and thanked me for recognizing his dad he was 91 years old.
I thanked him for his service and he thanked me, then I told him where the "spot" was for the trout.
Lcpl Michael Alvarado 89-92