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"DeVenezia sat at the kitchen table in his East Naples condominium last week, trying to explain why it'd been 50 years since he'd been in the same room as three of his closest Marine Corps friends. He became quiet for a second, searching for the right words.


"We just broke up," DeVenezia said. "Life is funny like that. I didn't keep in touch with any of them. There was something about the Vietnam War and the negativity we kept hearing."


In 1966, the four U.S. Marines were stationed together in Camp Pendleton, outside San Diego. The Vietnam War was ramping up, and together, they were part of a weapons platoon — three machine gunners and one anti-tank man — getting ready to ship off to East Asia.


Over the next two years, they'd train together and deploy together. Once in Vietnam, they'd separate, enduring many of the same horrendous conditions, if not the same action. Two of them would earn Purple Hearts. Each would experience the unexplainable fear of war."


I completely understand, tough to keep in touch. At least I saw two of my 3 friends in the few years after Vietnam. But, never again, or even talk to them.


The good news is that I do keep in touch with one friend from 49 years ago. In fact, we talked yesterday on the phone about politics and many other things.


Also we took a three week trip to the former Yugoslavia in 2013. We met in Sarajevo though at the beginning of the trip. I guess seeing a recent war zone first was inevitable and fine:):):).

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