Following in the footsteps of his father and both grandfathers, Thomas Gibbons-Neff joined the military at the end of his senior year in high school. He enlisted in the Marine Corps. Like many of his contemporaries, he just wanted to get in the fight. He was in 8th grade when 9/11 happened. So any doubt that he would follow his family into the military, and eventually war, vanished when his country was attacked. But war would bring a new revelation for Thomas and his fellow Marines: that life would be so greatly different, even though they had survived and come back home to the lives they left behind to fight America’s enemies. In this episode, a Marine turned journalist reflects on the loss of his fellow Marines, fellow leaders who he respected greatly, and whose loss is still deeply apparent. Hear his story on this very sobering edition of HAZARD GROUND.
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