I wanted to send out a tribute to my old, dear friend, Cpl. Lon T. Hunter. "Lonnie" passed away on September 28, 2012, after a short, but valient (and very Marine-like) battle with lung cancer. It came on fast, and took him quickly. Lon was 61. He and I first met in junior high. We became good buddies, double dating, drinking beer underage, etc. Lon got in trouble when he was just about to turn 18, and was given the choice of going to jail or enlisting in the Marine Corps (some of you will remember those days). He chose the Corps.
When he got out of boot camp, he came to one of my high school football practices. A coach was chewing me out for screwing up a play. "I wouldn't take that off anybody!" Lon said. "I would've knocked the hell out of him." I didn't understand until I graduated from boot camp at Parris Island two years later. Lon was a Nam vet, and a true friend. He will be sorely missed.
Semper Fi, my brother!
Cpl. Odom, R.C.