You want to know who I am?
You want some honesty then?
I don't tell this to a lot of people, and I usually keep the subject to myself.
I served aboard a destroyer for 5 years for a total of 6 including training, deploying to places all over the Pacific. I have served during "Operation: Valiant Shield" off the coast of North Korea. Twice deployed to the Persian Gulf patrolling Oil rigs, providing protection against pirates and providing humanitarian aid to the poor fucking people who risk their lives every day for barely even the slightest improvement of their already miserable conditions. You do what you can, as much as you can for them.
I got a medal for the Iraq War my second time through. Plenty of other medals, all in their different colors symbolizing this or that. Good conduct, Sharpshooter (goddamn one point and would have had expert BOTH guns), expeditionary forces, times deployed etc., they're gained in time.
The medals don't matter.
None of them do.
Not a single accomplishment in the Navy really ever felt like an accomplishment to me if I didn't do the only thing that really ever mattered to me the entire time I served. Post too long. Click here to view the full text.