For God And Country

July 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm  •  Posted in Featured Articles, For God and Country by


My time in the Marine Corps was fulfilling even though it had its ups and downs. One of the down times was in 1982 when I was in my primary Military Occupational School (MOS).

My wife at the time, my daughter and I had no where to live, so we lived in our car for a short period until I could save enough money for rent; which I did. The travel from CA to NC used all the money we had until I was reimbursed for the trip. I enjoyed Camp Lejeune so much that I reenlisted for another 6 years.

I spent a lot of time in the Far East: Japan, South Korea, Philippines and Okinawa. The Post Exchanges overseas sold Harley-Davidsons that you could buy and pick up in the USA and the prices were thousands of dollars less than the US prices.


I had always wanted a Harley since I was a kid; in my younger years my bikes were sport bikes and I had quite a few of them. It wasn’t until after I retired from the USMC that I bought my first Harley. Unfortunately, my wife of 24 years passed in 2004 and I used the life insurance money to purchase my Heritage Classic Softail.


My ex-wife had always wanted a Harley instead of foreign motorcycle and this was her gift to me. The Good Lord used her passing for something we had both wanted; as it reads in Romans 8:28 “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”


Since that time I have been traveling to the big biker events: Sturgis, Rolling Thunder, Daytona, Arizona Bike Week, West Coast Thunder and still have a few to go.


Also, along my travels, I met my current wife; she is not sure of what to make of this arine-Biker, but we leave that in the Lord’s hands. Until next time: Keep the rubber side
down and the shiny side up.

Semper Fi,
Menifee, CA

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