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Relieved, a story of Command and family

This true story examines my father's 1965 landing of the first battalion of stateside-trained Marines to DaNang, Vietnam, approximately 1100 men and the first few months of his Command in country and his conversations, via tapes with his family, with his wife, his mother and his 5 kids in Santa Barbara, Ca.

Opening scene takes place in a church, with a casket draped with a flag. Opening VO...

"We buried our father in a leisure suit. He would have been entitled to a full honors Military funeral with color guard, two servicemember playing taps, one at the gravesite and one far off in a different part of the cementary so the sound would echo. But that's not who he was now and it's not what he would have wanted, so instead he got a garish Hawaiian shirt, a canary yellow polyester leisure suit, with his hands folded into rosary beeds and a small ceramic budda in his jacket pocket...along with a picture of the five of us. I was 17 and a few months from graduating high school.

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