Incline Village Memories of honor: Memorial Day thoughts from regional veterans, those in active duty

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — For many, Memorial Day means a day off from the grind, an opportunity to spend the day outdoors with friends and family or a picnic with some barbecued food and adult beverages.

But for those with connections to the U.S. Military, the holiday takes on added significance.

“I think about the guys I served with,” said Incline resident Patrick McBurnett, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Vietnam War. “I think about my buddies who aren’t here.”

McBurnett said he was 23 years old when we was put in charge of 65 Marines.

“I’ve had a lot of big jobs in my life, but there is no greater responsibility than being in charge of those men,” he said. “It’s not even close.”

McBurnett is reluctant to discuss details of his experience in Vietnam.

“I don’t like discussing combat,” he said. “There were too many good guys hurt and killed.”

McBurnett was injured when his platoon was hit with a heavy mortar round, and he received a purple heart.

Nevertheless, McBurnett spends his Memorial Day in an understated manner.

“I’m not a parade guy,” he said. “I just think about my men and the fact that I got most of them home.”


Source: North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

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