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37. Joining the Marine Corp
Phil grew up in a very poor family
a very poor town. It was pretty bad.
Phil and his sisters didn't have enough to
and went to bed hungry. That was okay
Phil though because that was his life, and
thought it was just the way everybody in
Phil had a lot of fun
had many friends. It wasn't until Phil was
12 years old that he began to realize
there were better things out there in the
. Phil and his best friend Albert would sit
and talk about getting out of this place
see the world. It was a fantasy, but
was a good fantasy. They really didn't know
they would do it, but they had a
. Then one day Phil's cousin Ralphie came to
Phil didn't know Ralphie very well. Ralphie grew
in Texas and was about 8 years older
Phil. It had been years since Phil saw
cousin. That day Ralphie changed Phil's life. Ralphie
into the house wearing his Marine Corp uniform,
Phil knew at that moment that he wanted
become a Marine.
Phil and Ralphie talked all
long. Ralphie told him all about the Corp
Phil was fascinated. Ralphie was wearing his medals
awards, and his uniform was so neat and
that Phil wanted to join at that moment.
years later, Phil enlisted in the Marines. He
17 and needed his mom's permission. His mom
"Where do I sign?" Of course she was
, but she knew Phil was going to do
. It was his way out of this place,
she gave him her blessings. The day Phil
, he promised his mom he would be back.
kept his promise. He came back several times
the years, and helped his family as much