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Cigarettes or Philly Cheese Steaks PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 September 2011 13:52

Huffman smoked a few cigarettes here and there when he was a teenager.  A year or two prior to being employed, he increased his smoking.  After dropping out of high school, prior to joining the Marine Corps he worked for a couple of years at Justice Brothers in Newport DE, an appliance store delivering refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ranges; installing them and delivering the old TV antennas and installing them as well on top of roofs.  He had a little money in his pocket and was a volunteer fireman after he quit school and lived with his friend Herbie Hunsucker’s family in Newport, DE.  While in Newport, DE he got up to about a pack a day.  In the Marines basic training in Parris Island he wasn’t allowed to smoke unless he stood at attention in the smoking circle once a day.  After he went to Camp LeJeune he smoked if he wanted to but didn’t smoke alot.  In Vietnam like other Marines, he received a few cigarettes in each sea ration meal.  He remembers smoking a Salem cigarette after NVA walked up on the Marines position the night before followed with incoming the next day.  That Salem cigarette is his most memorable cigarette.  After returning home from Vietnam, getting used to being blind was difficult.  He began to chain smoke.  His appetite went down and his hands were shaky, but within 6 months Huffman made a choice.  In one hand there was a Philly cheese steak; in the other hand was a cigarette which curbed his appetite.  Cheese steaks and other good food was the choice Huffman made.  After returning from Vietnam, Huffman participated in beer parties with his friends, along with having Maryland crabs.  He avoided drugs and exercised in order to get himself in good shape.  “Maybe the young ladies will still like me if I’m healthier, look better, and feel better”.  He went on to the Hines VA Blind Rehabilitation Center in Hines, IL.  For him, cheese steaks were the better choice.