My good friend Roger Speakman, who served with me in the Vietnam War, takes in the view from the back of his boat, The Reel Speakeasy, this past Sunday on Lake Michigan, as we headed out to fishin' waters. Roger's son Jordon was piloting the craft, while Roger's other two sons, Jason and Justin, were preparing the fishing tackle we would use to troll for trout and salmon. Roger and I served together in Charlie Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. Also aboard the boat Sunday were Doc Pearston, who also served in Charlie Company; Butch Wineland, who fought in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne in some of the same areas we patrolled; and Roger's grandsons, Matthew and Johnny. Of course, the guy with 20 years in the Corps and deployments on four U.S. Navy ships, got a little seasick on the choppy lake. However, I did not puke; but I did reel in a nice king salmon. Mike Ward, who served with us in Charlie Company in Vietnam, joined us later that day for a great three-day recon rendezvous.
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.