Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Panama, Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan

Reunions / R&R

These Good Men

I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their humanity.

I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the U.S. Marine Corps. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another.

I cannot say where we are headed. Ours are not perfect friendships; those are the province of legend and myth. A few of my comrades drift far from me now, sending back only occasional word. I know that one day even these could fall to silence. Some of the men will stay close, a couple, perhaps, always at hand.

As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades…..such good men.

from “These Good Men" by Michael Norman

Upcoming POPASMOKE Reunions

Reunion 2020 [ CANCELLED ]
Nugget Hotel & Casino, Sparks, NV
Reunion dates 14-18 October 2020

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Past POPASMOKE Reunions

Reunion 2018
St. Louis, MO

Reunion 2016
Jacksonville, FL

Reunion 2014
San Diego, CA

Reunion 2012
Orlando, FL

Reunion 2010
Reno, NV

Reunion 2008
Washington, D.C.

Reunion 2006
Ft. Worth, TX

Reunion 2004
Reno, NV

Reunion 2002
Pensacola Beach, FL

Reunion 2000
San Diego, CA

Reunion 1998
Pensacola Beach, FL

Reunion 1996
Las Vegas, NV

Reunion 1994
Pensacola Beach, FL

Reunion 1992
Washington, D.C.

Reunion 1990
Las Vegas, NV

Reunion 1988
Las Vegas, NV

Upcoming Reunions, Other Organizations

The Basic School, C Co, Class 3-72, 50th Reunion

DATE: TBD (currently in planning stage)
Col Joe Mueller USMCR (Ret)
PHONE:  818-815-8331
EMAIL/WEB:  jnm21213@yahoo.com