A Small, Frightening World 4

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.

4 thoughts on “A Small, Frightening World

  1. Reply Mark Jan 27,2005 3:16 pm

    How come I look at my 24 year old face and feel so young, when other people’s 24 year old faces make them seem so old?

    How is it that I have to go home and see friends from high school and see how young they still look to assuage that fact?

    Is there some psychology behind it?

    Anyway, interesting story, E.

  2. Reply Ellen Jan 27,2005 3:29 pm

    Well, I’m no expert on the subject, but I’d assume that getting shot at and/or shooting at people on a regular basis tends to make people look and feel prematurely older.

  3. Reply Rajai Jan 29,2005 9:55 pm

    Come on, i don’t look that old, do i?

  4. Reply Ellen Jan 31,2005 5:47 am

    Whoa! Hey Rajai! Well, you don’t look that old, but you sure as hell don’t look 24 :)

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