The Marine Corps being a comparatively small outfit many of us at least know of one another. Whenever Marines speak of each other the conversation usually goes: “Hey, do you know so and so?” If the answer is long it is usually also derogatory. If the Marine in question is any good the answer is normally: “Yeah, he’s a good piece of gear. I’d serve with him again.”
In my mind being a “good piece of gear” is high praise coming from fellow Marines.
As the Headquarters and Service Company 1stSgt in 3/3 I did not get to run around a lot with the sniper platoon (which would have been far more fun than reviewing charge sheets and marriage packages behind my desk). If Meyer had never been awarded the Medal of Honor and you were to ask me about him I would have said he was a tough, dependable, solid, leader of Marines and a Kentucky wise ass. He’s a good piece of gear and I would serve with him again in any clime or place.
If the same is all which is ever said about me I will consider my career well done and time well spent.