I lost my neighbor to the Viet Nam war. The first friend, but not the last to lose their life over there. I quit school a year after that, and at 16 I joined the Marine Corps pre enlistment program. I turned 17 Sept 16 1969 and I was in boot camp on Oct 26th. Because I was only 17, I needed a waiver signed before I could leave the country. My dad was dead and mom wouldn't sign. I was furious. I had a few duty stations but I never made it to Viet Nam.
I just retired and I own a new home and a new car.