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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 11:36 PM
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41. My grandparents knew Smedley Butler.
My grandfather fought in WWI as a Marine. Later he was commander of Camp Matthews near San Diego (now UCSD sits there). Unfortunately my granfather died at 58, 16 years before I was born, so I never met him. Both of my parents served in the Marines and I remember as a kid hearing the name "Smedley Butler" mentioned around the house a few times. I had no idea who Smedley Butler was but to me it sounded like the name of a comic character, somebody that would be a minor recurring character in a Bullwinkle cartoon. That's all I could make of it. So it really meant nothing to me beyond that. But years later I was talking with my Mom about it and she said her parents knew Smedley Butler socially, as they were active in Marine circles both in San Diego and in Quantico, Virginia. I bet there are probably some letters in this house; we have boxes of old letters and I should sit down and go through them. Maybe there's a letter from Smedley Butler among them.
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