Dad was the first of three kids Grandma Carter popped out back in the day. He grew up hunting wild animals all over the world with his aunt and uncle. Yes. “Those Dang Carter Twins.” And when he was old enough to charm his way into the United States Armed Forces he followed his other uncle into the Marine Corps. Yes. He was a genuine Space Marine back when there were fewer people on Mars than world leaders back on Earth. And he did his best to live up to all the stereotypes thereof. Every. Single. One. He didn’t talk about it much when I was young. It was a previous life for him. A life he hoped very dearly I would not have to follow him into. The War changed all that.