Hey guys, just always wanted an opinion on a guy I was pretty good friends with back in High school. Yes it was a little while ago since Highschool but, always wanted to know what other guys in the Militray would think about this.
1st let me start out with a Thank you for your service for anyone who has been in the Military.
I'm going to give you some back story on this guy. We were pretty close in school. He was a guy I could count on, the guy loved to fight, so I always knew he had my back, no matter what. When he was younger and this was before I knew him, his parents died in a car accident. So he was raised by his Grandmother. He was so young when it happened that he just called his Grandmother, Mom. My friends and I knew it was his Grandmother, but it was what it was. So anyway, I tell you this because at the age of 18 becuase of his parents accident, he got a significant amount of money from the settlement of the accident. So he turned 18 I think in the middle of our senior year. He didn't go crazy, but an 18yo male with alot of money is not a good thing! LOL. He bought a Camaro, not new but the thing was Nice! Had the orig engine swapped out for a almost brand new Corvette Engine out of a wrecked Corvette. Nice Rims on it! And of course a great stereo system. I'm getting Off-topic thinking about that car. LOL.
So it was around this time shortly after he got the money he also decided to join the Marines. I almost joined with him, but my life took a different turn. Anyway I was proud of him, he was a close friend and to be honest, besides the Military, I didn't know where he would end up.
So he joins, and from what he told me really enjoyed it. He came home after boot camp, he tells me he graduated 2nd in his class. Looks good, is in shape and seems to be standing tall. Once again I was proud of him, and happy for him to find something he was good at, being a Marine fit him well.
So he would come home on leave off and on, and we would always get together for lunch or whatever, still seemed to me that he really liked what he was doing.
So fast forward to what was his last year to do. Infact I think he has less than a year. He comes home on leave. Of course I see him, had lunch with a group of friends. Had a good time, everything seems normal to me. He told me he was going back and finishing out his tour in Hawaii! A few weeks past and I hear he was supposed to go back but for whatever reason goes AWOL! My only thought is WTF?! and . I don't know why or what caused it. From what I heard he just did not want to go back, missed home, and of course had alot of money burning a hole in his pocket.
So this part I have only heard through the grape vine, They finally track him down and talk him in to coming back telling him everything is ok and whatnot. A few months after he goes back he is home with a Dishonorable Discharge.
I did not talk to him much after that. Pretty much would see him around the way and it would be a How ya doin? and go about my day. About a year after, he ended up beating a guy to near death with a brick. He did a few years for that. Again I still see him around, he's married, has a kid. Seems to have maybe turned his life around for the better. I dont't know though. We obviously don't have anything to really say to each other.
So Sorry for the long story but figured I had to tell the whole story. But I can't get past his Dishonorable Discharge. That to me ruined our friendship. I was so proud and happy of him when he was doing his thing. I feel let down almost by him. Sad.
So what are you guys thoughts on it, considering his situation also? Always wondered what others in the Military would think of him?