Military Life

By , Corona, CA
Having two separate lives is difficult to keep, one at home with my wife and two kids and
the other at the Army base. Being a Brigadier General of the Army I am always busy especially now since the US is in another World War. Instead of being in a safe area, I like being on the battlefield with the rest of the squad and fighting. I am at the home with my wife and kids trying to spend as much time with them as I possibly can before leaving overseas to a little island base by Japan. I will be gone for about 10 months unless we end the war quick. Being 54 years old, 5’11, 185 pounds, bald with a bushy beard and almost blind in one eye, because of getting hit with the end of a gun in the eye, my time here is coming to an end. I know it’s not military code but that’s the way I liked how to look. I have 1 day left until I leave so I spending it with my family. We are having a picnic in the backyard of our house, relaxing, looking at the sky. My son, Eli, asks me if I ever killed a person while I was gone. I replied “yes I have, but if I didn’t kill him he would’ve killed me and my friends.” He asked a few questions about what I do when I’m gone; I answered them all, honestly. After he didn’t speak to me for the rest of the day, like I was some kind of stranger to him. I headed inside to get a glass of whiskey when I heard a knock on the door. It was a Private 1st class delivering a letter. It was from a Lieutenant General saying that I must leave to the island base near Japan immediately. I was thrown back a bit. I don’t know why but I was nervous to go, after all these years of coming back and forth. I’ve heard of a project that the military was working on that consisted of using nuclear bombs against Japan to end the war. I wasn’t too sure about this nuclear bomb and going to Japan if they dropped it there, I didn’t know how big the blast radius is or if will reach the other islands that are close by like mine but I didn’t want to be anywhere near it if it is true. I had to break the news to my family. They were heartbroken and sad that the time we had left was cut short but they knew I had to leave. Unlike the other times I had left, this one was a bit more emotional for me and my family. It’s like they knew something was going to happen to me while I was there. I said my goodbyes and left with the Private 1st class on the jeep.





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Brittbyheart said...
May 26, 2011 at 10:34 am
I love hearing stories about people in the armed foreces. Because I know that they have guts that none of us could ever have. You have to leave your family for months and months, and you are taking the chance of never seeing them again; that is something that takes currage. Thanks for fighting for our country, and hope that you will be back home with your family soon.
 
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