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It was a beautiful day in California and the weather was just right You could feel the wind gently tickling your face I felt like I was spending a day at the beach The grass was alive moving back and fourth It had a dark green coat to it tasting like it had been getting plenty of rain I had a small piece of grass dangling from my mouth - as if I was John Wayne in an old western movie I was mainly using the grass as a water source to help conserve the little water I had I was witnessing a masterpiece one so precious only Leonardo De Vinci could turn into a work of art I could see dragonflies chasing one another as well as grass hoppers jumping around I heard birds singing back and fourth to each other - almost as if they were trying to learn a new song It felt good to be alive and it felt good to be me but the reality of war was another thing I had to keep myself highly trained in field crafts and marksmanship I was a Marine who at any given time would have to take out selected targets from concealed positions in support of combat operations I laid there on my stomach in a cover and concealed position My face was painted a variety of colors which allowed me to blend me in with my background My back was burning and I felt as if my blouse was on fire I had been on my stomach for four hours now My elbows were slowly starting to bleed and my hands were badly cut My ghillie suit was soaked in sweat and had several different kinds of plants attached to it I looked like my environment which was my specialty I would sometimes crouch close to deer and cows being slow and deliberate to achieve this Sometimes it was
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