For the Love of a Girl

For the Love of a Girl

by William E. Hiles


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For the Love of a Girl by William E. Hiles

It began in my sophomore year at Morton West, days engrossed with the assassination of JFK, my eternal vigilance, patriotism. Enlisting with our Marine Corps was my only answer, though immensely protested by the love I sacrificed and abandoned. Launched by brutal training then jungle warfare with a heavily armored tracked vehicle platoon and a radio on my back, my life disarrayed until special leave to Chicago guided me to the girl met by pure chance. Her I also left, for the finality of a 19 month tour, resuming with the Hue City offensive that shook the country and the world. But, this girl waited.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412031585
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, candy stores crowded every block with nickle packs of baseball cards and penny lik-m-aids. The Cubs lost a hundred a year and the Sox went to the series in '59, Riverview was the place to go for 2 cent rides on roller coasters, and Berwyn was the suburb to move to when parents got tired of city noise and bustle. But before Berwyn was the Epiphany grade school "Academy", where Nuns were rulers and Catholicism was the way of life; confessions every Friday and rest your young, degenerating soul if Monsignor Cummings was on the other side of your fence. The entire ensemble would hear his bellows if the sin was mortal, such as missing communion due to eating after midnight the night before, and penance he eclipsed would keep the rest of the class waiting for extreme unction.

The real roller coaster ride in my life began when I enlisted in the Marine Corps. Leaving the first love, well, she just didn't wait.

And boot camp was even more hideous than imagined; longing for the girl I left and expected to hold on for me. The Long Thin Country added more to my knowledge of life, death, struggle, and mankind itself, but had I evaded the tour, I never would have met the girl who I am with now; mixed emotions with a capital M. And labor disputes along with political jokers have caused concern for what the bowl of cherries is all about, and how to get the ripened fruit.

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