A good friend

A good friend

In 1957 while serving with Kilo Btry, 4th Battalion, 12th Marines on a 155 Howitzer Btry. in the Philippines during Operation Strongback… I was surprised one evening when a small Rhesus monkey wandered into my tent from out of the jungle… For  some reason he took up with me and was always close  to me… He got to making his way around camp picking up anything he could carry back to my tent… I had at times a dozen or so Zippo's… The guys soon realized when they were missing something to come to me, knowing my little buddy had paid them a visit… He slept curled up next to me every night and would wake up screaming mad if anyone got too close to me… I just called him Monkey Buddy and hated to leave him behind when I had to return to Okinawa… Over these 55 years I've thought of him often and considerd him a great little Marine… Semper Fi Monkey Buddy… Howard W. Kennedy… USMC 1956  /  1962

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