The rising sun colours the sky red and orange behind the U. S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/David J. Ake)
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A veteran and his fellow Marine a pact while in Vietnam — and kept it for nearly five decades.
Master Sgt. William H. Cox said that he and fellow Marine First Sgt. James T. Hollingsworth made a promise to each other in a bunker in the Marble Mountains of Vietnam, in 1969, the Greenville News reported.
“If we survived this attack, or Vietnam, survived, we would contact each other every year on the New Year,” Cox told the Greenville News.
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The two have survived and they kept their promise.
Cox, who lived in Piedmont, Texas, said he also kept a promise to Hollingsworth for providing the eulogy at his funeral.
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Cox visited Hollingsworth, nicknamed Hollie, when he heard that he was terminally ill, and the fellow soldier asked him for this favor.
“I said,” Boy, that is a rough mission you assign to me,'” Cox said.
Earlier this year, Cox is good on his vow.
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“There is a bond between Marines that is unlike that of any other branch of the service. We are like brothers,” Cox said.
After their service, Hollingsworth settled in Georgia, and Cox brought in another 20 years in the Corps. Later, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his years in the service.
Cox, a door gunner and ordnance chief, and Hollingsworth, a mechanic, a phrase for another when doing missions together.
“Hollie, keep ’em flying, I’ll keep ’em firing,” Cox said at his friend’s eulogy.