My dad was born and raised in Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 I have to put the flag here (you know how proud Puerto Ricans are of the flag!). He signed up for the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and did two tours in Vietnam. He was in the Marine Corps for twenty years and retired as a Gunnery sergeant (GySgt). I was born on a military base in Twentynine Palms, CA, the oldest of three girls, and we lived on a few military bases while I was growing up.
My dad has been retired from his second career, his second career also in protecting the community. That’s what I know to be true about my dad, serving and protecting his family, community and country.
My dad went through boot camp only speaking Spanish. He was not bilingual then but successfully completed bootcamp and was a US Marine through and through.
I wanted to write this post to let you in a little bit to see a family man, a hero in so many ways, front and center.
He and my mom (who was born and raised in Uruapan, Michoacán in Mexico 🇲🇽 -there’s another flag for you because I have to represent both!) met in Oceanside while my dad was stationed at Camp Pendleton & the rest is history.
There’s lots of life that happened between then and now, but I have to tell you that as a daughter, I am so proud. So proud of all the things my dad has accomplished in his life and instilling a love for this country 🇺🇸 (and that’s another flag we love in our home) and sacrifice, service and the freedom he fought for.
I spoke with my Dad on Friday night, and we did some online shopping for some new baseball caps for him as birthday gifts. The ones he chose said “USMC Vietnam Veteran” and they had to be camo, of course!
So to my dad, this proud daughter says, “Happy birthday, Dad! Thank you for loving all of us and giving us a life we could be proud of! 🙌🏽🇵🇷🇲🇽🇺🇸 God bless you, Dad!“
With all my heart, Sonia
4 replies on “Happy Birthday, Dad!”
Marine daughters shouting it loud and proud! Beautiful tribute to your dad on his birthday. Honor him because God says so and because there’s a promise that comes with doing so. You and I ought to be proud of our fathers who in their limited English served a country with bravery and courage. Like you said that is something to be proud of and definitely written about for all to read. Praise God for our dad’s!
Tina….Made me cry with this! ❤ You are right! Praise God!!!!!!!!
Tio Sam es un héroe para todos en la familia!!! Gracias por escribir esto de Tio Sam love u titi Sonia!!!
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