My bootcamp platoon, Parris Island, SC. I'm fourth from the left, third row (from bottom or top). My good buddy, Jimmie Negri, is fourth from the left, 2nd row from the top. Stevie Melanic is 6th from the left in the 2nd row from the bottom. A guy from my current home town, Livingston, NJ, is in the top row, 2nd from the left.
Stevie lost a foot when he stepped on a mine. Jimmie was a cook in Seoul. I've been told that our Senior DI, Sgt. H.H. Tatz, later served with D Company as the company Gunny and 1st Sergeant.
Henry Leeman, Jr.