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The beginning of a young boy’s journey of stepping out of his father’s shadow and stepping into Manhood. I wish to tell you a story on the events that lead to my stepping out of my father’s shadow and being introduced to control chaos. What better way than to join the Marines better known as “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children,” or “Deviled Dog, fearfully named by the Germans’ in World War I, The war to end all wars. This metamorphosis of stepping out of my father’s shadow started on Nov 2, 1992, My father and I were in the process of celebration his 51st birthday. A knock at the door and there stood SSgt Williams, Staff Sargent of Marines, and my present to my father. At that time as a child in my father’s shadow was over. Before departing to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for checking in, my father and I embraced and promise where made to on another. SSgt Williams and I departed and eventually he dropped me off at the motel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Next morning, you could smell the fear that had been etched into my confidence of what the unknown had in store for my father’s son. Meanwhile, I had to finally make the decision if I understood of what it meant to take “The Oath of Enlistment”, at Military Entrance Processing Station known as MEPS in military jargon. Papers have been writing on just “The Oath” a lone. This to me was the next stage of my metamorphosis. From MEPS, all recruits where shuttled to Will Rogers World Airport for our flight to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego California, and better known as MCRD. Before departure I was able to see my father and my sister, the emotions where extremely torn. Arrival time in San Diego California was O'Dark Thirty. That’s between night and morning. Afterwards we shuffled towards the area for Marine Recruits and the inevitable. Around O'Dark Thirty, we arrived outside the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego California. Finally the bus doors open and “explosion of...
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