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We were recruited together in Subic Bay, P.I. Left Clark Air Base on December 5, 1980 for boot camp in San Diego. He wanted to be a Doctor but he joined right after finishing his pre-med studies. We attended Hospital Corpsman School at Balboa Naval Hospital then to Camp Pendleton, California for Fleet Medical Service School. We proceeded to our first duty stations after graduation in June 1981. I went to MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. while Medic (his nickname) went to Naval Hospital Orlando, Florida. We kept in touch. The last time was a phone call from him telling me he's deploying to Lebanon. Like a big brother, he kept me out of trouble during those times we were together. I was in Okinawa with the Marines when I found out about the bombing. I still have the news clipping from the Stars and Stripes. I went to see him in Arlington before I retired. I remember when we used to sing John Denver's song "Country Roads" while doing our laundry in the barracks. I still miss him, a lot. HMC(FMF) J. Rabanal, USN RET.
Remembering our Fallen Brother who gave his life at a very young age of 25 for our freedom. Rest in eternal peace Mediq.