A friend of mine, Mark, from high school joined the Corps in the “Buddy System” in the summer of 1972. We were in the same platoon in boot camp, One morning when we were woken up, I realized Mark was gone. everyday for several weeks, he was missing and we never told why. I was worried and couldn’t understand as Mark was a great recruit and a “scribe” for the DIs. One afternoon,Mark shows back up. As it turned out, Mark had gotten the measels!! Because he was a great recruit, he was not set back. Back then and probably still the same now, we were on a need to know basis only. I was never happier than to see my friend back with us. Semper Fi!
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