When Santa was a Marine

Mary Alice Altorfer

Long ago, a grizzled Marine suited up as Santa Claus and, with the same flair as that gent from the North Pole, he thrilled a little girl on a brisk December morning at Cherry Point air station.

The helicopter hovered above as I saw his white-gloved hands waving to all us anxious kids screaming from below; I could hardly breathe with the excitement of a new toy and an actual visit from Santa Claus....

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