I can kill two birds with one stone here. I'm thankful for both veterans and my father's selfless example of service to this country. Walter Richard Mondok served twenty years in the U.S. Marines. His duties took him from Morocco, where he worked at the U.S. Embassy, to Saudi Arabia, to Viet Nam where he ran patrols and saw friends die. He returned home to a country that reviled him and spit on him.
He served in Japan and at the Marine Recruit Training Depot in San Diego, California. He served his last tour of duty here in Eureka, CA, where he opened up a local recruiter's station.
I'm proud of our veterans and owe them a debt of gratitude. But my father's service fills me with a sense of honor I can't adequately put into words. His family immigrated here from Czechoslovakia before Hitler's invasion of that country. He is the first generation of Mondoks born in this country, first in his family to complete high school, and first to join the U.S. Military. Two of his nephews and two of his children followed his example and joined the Marines right out of high school.
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