9 years, 6 months ago
My son’s MOS is 0311: Marine Infantry. It is my policy not to blog on things I learn from my son. However, it is nice to see these things in print elsewhere, even if rather cleaned up for publication. W. Thomas Smith, Jr., has written a great article entitled Young Man’s Work: A Snapshot of Marine Life.
Tired, dirty, footsore, slightly dehydrated, hungry, and with an aching back and shoulders, I limped toward the battalion headquarters building from where a clean, fit, and slightly younger Lt. Col. Jason Bohm — task force commander of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines — emerged. I had just returned to Forward Operating Base Al Qaim after several days operating out of one of Bohm’s battle positions up on Iraq’s Syrian border. Bohm was getting ready to head back out to be with his men.
“Colonel, this is young man’s work,