This book contains my life of growing up in a small town in southwest Alabama, a peaceful town where crime was low and everyone knew and watched out for each other. Growing up in a town like mine was probably like any other town. You had fun at the skating rink and the local swimming hole. I remember cutting grass in the summer and hauling hay or watermelons to earn a little change to impress your girl. Then the time would come for all guys eighteen years old to register for the draft. Something families didnat want to see, their son going off to war, which, at this time, happened to be the Vietnam War. Instead of waiting to be drafted, I volunteered for the U.S. Marine Corps. And this is how this book came about.