Tom Huddleston

Tom Huddleston: 2004
Tom at the DMZ – April 29, 2004
Photograph ©Copyright 2004 by Tom Huddleston

Tom Huddleston
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The following autobiography is taken directly from Tom’s website and reproduced with his permission.

I’m one of the many who have earned the title of United States Marine. It began with the day that we stood in painted footsteps waiting to have our hair buzzed. That was the day that we found out that our real name was Maggot. An angry man, wearing a smokey-bear, began to yell and we jumped. He yelled again and we jumped higher. Then came the day that we put on class “A’s” and fell in for the last time. With the cadence of a single heel, we marched down the grinder and joined the Corps.

I was in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Marine Divisions with two tours of duty. I was a boot, a defensive back, a radioman, an embassy guard, a brig-rat, a 3.5 rocket man, and an airborne, scuba recon Marine. I have humped, jumped, bumped, and dumped green. I saw a little war in Santo Domingo and a bigger war in Vietnam. I’ve walked with pride and I’ve known numb. Since May 1st of 1969 I began a lifetime of both missing the past and fearing tomorrow. I’ve doped, groped, moped and hoped.

THE CREATION

Ah, Yee, Shehe!
We are your creation.
The earth is our mother.
The sun is our father.
The air is our sister.
The sea is our brother.

We are the island people
Molded from fire lava.
It is our big pleasure
To teach the world to laugh,
To teach the world to dance,
To teach the world to stand.
We are of one family!
We are the human beings.

We are the African people
Molded from Eden’s clay.
It is our good pleasure
To teach the world to care,
To teach the world to be fair,
To teach the world to share.
We are of one family!
We are the human beings.

We are the Asian people
Forged from water and sand.
It is our honorable pleasure
To teach the world to ponder,
To teach the world to wonder,
To teach the world to listen.
We are of one family!
We are the human beings.

We are the European people
Spread throughout the world.
It is our great pleasure
To teach the world to reach,
To teach the world to rise,
To teach the world to reap.
We are of one family!
We are the human beings.

We are the Latin people
Shaped from adobe straw.
It is our humble pleasure
To teach the world to smile,
To teach the world to play,
To teach the world to pray.
We are of one family!
We are the human beings.

We are the Indigenous people
Part of all alive.
It is our honor
To give the world its heart,
To show the world its part,
To live the world as one.
We are of one family.
We are the human beings.

Ah! Yee, Shehe!
Beat the drum to start our heart.
Play the music to flow our blood.
Tickle passion to tweak our brain.
Give us birth to still the pain.
Ah! Yee, Shehe!