Today TW and I went to the Founder's Day event (the city is306 years old) and we saw an old gentleman siting a table and I thought I recognized his vest so se we stopped to speak with him. He was now 91, but spent part of youth as a Code Talker with 3d MARDIV HQ. Not only that he made the "grand tour" - the 'Canal. Saipan, Tinian, Guam and his last battle was Iwo. He was quite vivid in his memories as we talked with him.
Such a distinct honor and great privilege to not only meet him but a great privilege to speak with him. We shall never forget him.
We also stopped for a bit at San Felipe Church. The parish was established in 1606 and the Mass has been there ever since.
Six or seven years ago, at a local air show and military event in town, I met a Code Talker. I bought 2 books on them, on sale at the show, and got his signature. Alfred Peaches, 6th Marines. This is he:http://codetalkers.org/index.php?option ... ort_order=
I did the same with 4-5 of the Black Sheep, and 3 Tuskegee Airmen.
Bad case of hero worship, as I've said before.