Gentlemen: A couple of years ago at the VA hospital in Fort Wayne, IN, I saw a sailors hat... it Said USS Indianapolis. I am a Marine, but I was raised in Indianapolis, and I know the story. I couldn't believe that right there, in front of me, wrapped in the fragile form of age, was a seaman from the USS Indianapolis.
I'm a Marine... but in my heart I carry a huge special place for all of you.
And you know what? When we get told "Thank you for your service" there is now a neat response. Simply look the giver in the eye and say "You were worth it"... sort of ties it, and us, all together.
Brothers... "Thank you for your service"