A Guy From My Boot Camp Platoon and John Wayne

John Wayne and Hank on small aircraft carrier

A Guy From My Boot Camp Platoon and John Wayne

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of getting together with a guy I hadn?t seen since we graduated from boot camp with Platoon 145 in September of 1962 at MCRD San Diego. Henry ?Hank? Glees and I spent a couple of hours, swapping stories about boot camp and our time in the Corps. Turns out we both served a couple of months over four years and got out within five days of each other. Hank went to Sea School after graduation and spent a couple of years on one of those small aircraft carriers (I forget the name). He said he met John Wayne and brought a copy of the picture he had as proof. He gave the copy to me and I would like to share it with you. That?s Hank just over the Duke?s right shoulder. The time frame is sometime in 1963 or 1964 and the place is on a flat-top out of San Diego bound for Hawaii.

The Few. The Proud.
Jerry D.

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