Ottor, its really ironic, but I had a very similar experience with a high school buddy. Both of us went to Ft Lewis, WA for boot camp, both went to Ft Sam for AIT, and then he went straight to 'Nam after graduation, while I was assigned Stateside. He didn't come back, while I never got out of the US. I still miss him, but, like others have said, I served six years where they sent me, and do stand up when they call for all veterans to do so.
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