Retired Marine Fighter Pilot. F-4B Radar Intercept Officer with VMFA 323. RIO instructor w/ VMFAT101, Miramar NAS. Transitioned to FA-18 with VMFA 212. Thirty years service, 1965-1995.
The Fight. William Butler Yeats.
"I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere in the clouds above.
Those I fight I do not hate.
Those I guard I do not love.
My county is Kilathan cross.
My countrymen Kilathan's poor.
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
No law, nor duty bade me fight.
No public men nor cheering crowds.
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove me to this tummult in the clouds.
I balanced all and brought to mind.
The years to come seemed waste of breath.
A waste of breath the years behind.
In balance with this life, this death."
W.B. Yeats: An Irish airman foresees his death.
We who stand up to death also stand up to life -- and all the challenge that either must present.
I have developed a taste for Van Halen lately. At least this kid has balls.