The small band of brothers with whom I served in Vietnam is on the decline. We're becoming extinct. I have to get busy and make sure those who are left get one of my sticks.
I made one for a Marine who had been diagnosed with cancer. He got to use it for just a year before he passed.
My teammate through the 1968 Tet offensive has M.S. He got his stick a month or so ago, and he loves it.
Next, I'll make one for one of the guys who was with one of my best friends when they were ambushed and we lost him. This guy suffered for decades with substance abuse and what is now called PTSD. He's finally stable, married his high school sweetheart, and with professional help stays positive and enjoys living on the Oregon coast. His stick is up next. I have his preferred stick measurements, and the USMC, unit, and ribbon pins required. He wants the most natural finish possible, so I'll go with 100% tung oil. He wants a lightweight stick, and so my selection is limited. But I think I have a cedar or a "diamond" willow stick that will work. This one will be fun.
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