February 1973. Finished the Florida Phase of Winter Ranger. I’m actually happy in that photo. Over 300 started and under 100 graduated. Lost weight, got frost bite and trench foot – ready to move on the 82nd Airborne Division. War in Vietnam was called off in January. So, I can’t follow COL (RET), USMA 62, Tom Foley to Vietnam to serve as an advisor. Not gonna happen.
After graduation, there was a party. My girlfriend threw a Valentine’s Day Party. She was my Valentine then. She is my Valentine – and I am hers – tonight. We got married a little over 2 years after she told me not to take this picture.