Alvin Maynard Slaton

VMO-6, MAG-39, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
10 October 1946 - 05 March 1969
Warner Robins, GA
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Combat Aircrew

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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24 Aug 2003

Al, it has been 30+ years, and you are still in my heart today. I feel like I have failed you, I really did try to keep you breathing, it was the Navy Corpsmen who took you to the hospital. By the time I got there, the Doctor came out and asked if I was the one who was with you. Yes. I had only been in-country for 80 days, not the required 90 days to "escort" the body home. I was devastated. I felt so responsible, and still do. I remember having written your sister a couple of times before then, I was hoping I could connect with her or your mother here. I volunteered for a lot of flight missions after you left me ... you trained me well. Every Christmas, I remember you. Every New Year, I toast a drink to you, and at the reunions, you are thought of and talked about. It is now August 2003 ... we never thought this far in the future. You haven't missed anything. It is actually very confusing. If there were any way to change places, I would, but I think you just got lucky with God. I miss you, friend.

Semper Fi,

Thomas G. Leonard

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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