The hills were alive,

With the sound of music.

Before I left for this trip, one of my West Point classmates provocatively asked if I was going to be tra la la la la’ing through the Alps singing “The Sound of Music” à la Julie Andrews. I assured him that I would do something much more masculine, if not militaristic.

So, today I decided that some singing was needed to add color and atmosphere to the scene, just in case anyone was within earshot. So I strolled through the Alps belting out,

“From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli,

We will fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land and sea.

First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean,

We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marines.”

PS – I was in the Marine Corps before enlisting in the Army. Some things just never leave you.

7 thoughts on “The hills were alive,

  1. John,

    I am loving this blog…the photo’s are wonderful!! Stay safe and looking forward to seeing you back in KX. I leave 2 weeks from today for my adventure in Nancy, France. I will include you in my blog.

  2. Dad, we’ve enjoyed this very much. We leave tomorrow for the Half Ironman in Williamsburg. Send Jeremy a Happy Birthday and “good luck” if you get a chance (some people just have parties…). We will be back on Sunday, and I believe you’ll have your feet propped by then. You’ve earned it! Love you./ELA

  3. dear grandaddy i love you so much call me on saturday if you can i ampraying for you every night and day also i am glad you are having alot of fun i will be at my dads house on saturday . good luck

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