I graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego on August 28, 1981 with 3rd Battalion, Platoon 3042.
During the latter part of boot camp training, individual photos are taken of recruits for the graduation book. For whatever reason, I never saw or received a graduation book or my photo, until today.
Over the years, I tried finding someone else from my MCRD platoon to see if they had a copy of our graduation book.
This search was the reason I started “The Marine Guest Book” website (1995) and later “THEFEW.COM” (1997). Through those sites, many Marines were put back in touch with their long lost brothers but finding someone from my platoon escaped me year after year.
A few weeks ago, through “Together We Served” website, I found Cpl Jerry Havens, from my platoon. After a few discussions, he searched for his yearbook and confirmed my photo was there.
Today, Jerry scanned it in and sent it to me.
Well, after 36 years of wondering, searching, waiting, my brother Jerry has come through. Thank you my brother!
Now, I can show my Mom!