HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

July 7 & 14, 2008
Love in a Far Away Place

John R. Guthrie


Madam President said in her first State of the Union Speech early that year that it was seriously against the dignity of women that a female could be Commander in Chief but not be an infantry fire team leader. She issued an executive order, and six or eight weeks after that, PFC Stella Wright came in on the transport chopper along with a dozen pallets of assorted MREs and crates of ammo. The Marines were bivouacked outside Baku, Azerbaijan. Sgt. Nathan Striver, the lean as-a-bayonet Platoon Sergeant for 3rd Platoon, Lima Company took it all in. Pvt. Wright had hair that couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be red or blond, nearly as short as a man’s, feathered back under her helmet. Hints of a nice figure under those baggy camos. And the other thing the sergeant saw? Trouble!...

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John R. Guthrie is a former Marine infantry rifleman. He then garnered a formal education to include medical school and became the commanding officer of a U.S. Navy Reserve Shock Surgical Group before going into private practice in the Smoky Mountain foothills of Appalachia. He is the editor and publisher of the monthly webzine The Chickasaw Plum: Politics and the Arts Online. (Link)


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