I remember Jesse Penna today

Jesse was a Navy Corpsman serving with the Marine Corps in Viet Nam. He lost his life serving his country and his fellow man. It was 1968 and Jesse and I would sit in the barracks and sing along with Janis Joplin "Piece Of My Heart" We were a mess. I remember him today and many other days. I thank God that I am home today free and healthy and with my family. I remember all who served and didn't make it home. God bless America.
Jesse ,my high school is building a Viet Nam Memorial to honor the boys of the 60's who didn't make it home. There were 22 of them from my high school with my class, 1966 having the highest number.They will  have a veteran's wall. I am going to place your name and my name on separate bricks. I know on a Summer's night if one listens closely they will hear you and me singing Janis at the top of our lungs...I will never forget my brother.
Jesse, it's been 51 years since we sang "Piece of My Heart" In many ways it seems like yesterday even though it's been a lifetime. I will never forget my brother...I honor your memory and think of you often but most acute on the day.
…….hey, thank YOU REC for your service as well as for your fallen friend. I also posted 2 years ago on this thread for you and your friend since then,  my Dad who was a WW II Vet has passed. Stay well