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Monday, 12 September 2011 10:53

During the August 1996 Mike Company 3/7 reunion, Huffman’s six year old son, William, admired the young Marines.  Mike Company 3/7’s Captain Van Riper; from 8/68 through 1969, eventually became a Third Star General.  He was Commandant for the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA.  The Marines under his command were given special respect and kindness to General Van Riper’s guests, Mike Company 3/7 Marines that were under his command in Vietnam 1968/1969.  Will admired the Marines uniforms and politeness.  He wanted to dress up as a Marine.  Huffman bought his son boots and a uniform.  Will then received the appropriate Marine Corps haircut to go along with the uniform.  Will was given the opportunity to fire an M16 at the firing range along with his dad and the other Marines.  The reunion lasted for a few days until a Sunday morning.  The evening before the old Mike Company Marines left the reunion.  The General threw a party for Mike 3/7 at the General’s home in Quantico on the base.  The group had hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages to include cold beer.  Young Marines were assisting and catering to the older former Marines from Mike Company 3/7.  Six year old Will dressed up like a Marine and participated in the catering to the older Mike Company Marines bringing them food and beverages and clearing the area after the party with politeness and kindness.  In the morning, there was not one paper plate or beer left that wasn’t put in the trash.  As a result of his participation, General Van Riper paid William one dollar with a symbolic promotion to PFC in the morning.  William was proud to be a Marine like his dad.  He bought a Marine Corps t-shirt which said “don’t punch me or kick me because my dad was a Marine” and wore it to school.  He also brought one of the cartridges after the firing of the M16 to school with him.  However, Liberal political correctness had already infiltrated the schools in Chadds Ford, PA.  He wasn’t allowed to wear the shirt and was suspended for three days for bringing an empty cartridge to school.  William was still proud to be a Marine.