Dress Blues with Parents '65
In late summer of 1964 I decided to not go to college but instead join the Marine Corps. The recruiter was excited and my parents were very unhappy. I went to Parris Island on the first of October to start a six year enlistment. Being an athlete, I got through boot camp and infantry training without too much difficulty. A few months later, in late 1965, I found myself at El Toro MCAS in Santa Ana, California.
20mm Cannon rounds at Chu Lai
About a year later I volunteered to go to Vietnam. In late 1966 and 1967 I found myself at Chu Lai, Vietnam and found out what combat was really about. When it was time for me to come home I was willing to stay but I wanted them to promote me to Sargent which they declined three times. I then found myself on a WWII Liberty Ship call the General John Pope, heading for San Diego. I was surprised at how badly the American public treated me and I know that a lot of my comrades in all branches of the service felt the same way.
Recently I took my friend (a retired Master Sargent) to the Marine Corps Museum and the Vietnam wall. We had a wonderful 5 day trip and during the trip we had three occasions where people thanked us for our service: once while we sat near the Vietnam wall, another time on the subway and finally at gas station in Lake City, Florida where the clerk gave me a coffee and thanked me for my service. I was astonished. I can’t explain how good that felt.
As the owner of Bill The Plumber, Inc., I am inviting all Veterans to sign-up on our mailing list and for doing so I will give you a one year maintenance agreement valued at $179.00. It includes a lot of special offers. One benefit is a 10% discount on any work completed, a plumbing inspection, a five year warranty on labor and materials, and much more. Just go to our sign-up form on this page to fill in your contact information and we will do the rest.
My offer to all American Veterans starts on August 1, 2013 and ends October 31, 2013.
I would like to thank all Veterans for their service and sacrifice for our great Country.
Thank you and God Bless America, Bill Loiko.