Gay Marine, 79, Gets Last Wish of An Honorable Discharge

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After decades, 79-year-old Hal Faulkner received a lifelong wish. After joining the marines in 1953 and serving in the Philippines, Faulkner was kicked out only three years later because he was gay. The marine was given an “undesirable discharge” with his papers being stamped “homosexual.” After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Faulkner told his family about his dying wish. “I always knew he served in the Marines, but no one in the family knew of the [undesirable] discharge,” says his niece, Michelle Clark. “He’s been carrying this societal shame with him all these years,” Clark says. “We as a family had no idea the pain he had inside of him.” The Marines, though, heard of the limited time frame and acted within just two weeks, and a small group gathered to present Faulkner with an honorable discharge. “I didn’t think that maybe I would last through all the battles that we’ve had, but a Marine is always a Marine,” Faulkner said at the ceremony. [NPR]

 

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