My dad stood on the yellow footprints about 12 years before you did. he went to Okinawa then back to the states, and was an MP. He made Sergeant in the 3 years he was there. He wanted to fly helecopters but his eyesight precluded him from doing that, so he rotated out and came home. If they had let him fly copters, I wouldn't have been born and he would have ended up in Vietnam.
Semper Fi to all Marines, you're an elite group of guys and I'll always admire you.