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Throughout a persons life it only seems natural that copious amounts of information are stored in ones cranium Stored in parts of the brain that scientists dont yet understand the memories lie dormant deliberately hibernating until for some unknown reason they bounce into our thoughts Almost like that song that you heard the other day and cant get out of your head no matter how hard you try My father John Jack Jergensen has one such memory Although I heard the story many years ago it still hangs on - like a mother to child The story seems so bazaar mainly because it involved my father After all sometimes its difficult for us to believe that our parents were young once too doing crazy things perhaps even crazier things than we do ourselves But they werent always old and gray and they werent born that way either Their present condition is the direct result of Father Time too much work and worrying in hope that their children will come out better than they did The story begins almost thirty years ago in the Summer of 1973 My father was a member of the US Marine Corps and had just arrived back in the United States from the island of Okinawa He was originally supposed to go to Vietnam but like many others in his group his orders were changed at the last minute and he spent a year on the small island which is located about ninety miles from Japan Here he said his unit spent most of its time going on twenty five mile hikes and trying to remain combat ready The times were hard but they were also having a lot of fun After arriving back in the United States he was stationed in Camp Lejeune North Carolina where he was to be a radio communications instructorThis appointment pleased him very much for it was very easy duty and it gave him a
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