Here’s a story from the Alumni section of my high school’s website that indicates how small a world it really is:
Lieutenant Elliot Ackerman ’98, USMC, and Lance Corporal Rajai Hakki ’99, USMC, are both Marines and fought together in the November assault on Fallujah in addition to several smaller operations. Elliot is currently serving as a Rifle Platoon Commander in Company A, First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment, and Rajai is serving as a Counter-Intelligence Specialist in the same unit. Elliot writes, “Thought you might get a kick out of the photo. It proved that this is a very small world when Rajai got attached to my platoon minutes before we were conducting a smaller Battalion-sized attack on the city of Hit in western Iraq this past September. We had a small reunion of sorts before what proved to be an intense day.”
You know it cannot possibly have been good when a Marine refers to something as “intense.” Anyway, here’s a picture of the two of them in Iraq:
Rajai, the one on the right, was in my graduating class, and I find the fact that he’s now a USMC counterintelligence specialist completely disjointed from the kid I knew in high school.