Thermal veteran attends 3/1 memorial at Camp Pendleton

Joseph Daily, a former sergeant who served with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, as a rifleman during the Vietnam War, shares a laugh with Capt. Patrick Acox, an intelligence officer serving with the battalion, after the unveiling of the battalion's Vietnam War Memorial Plaque at Camp Pendleton, Nov. 15, 2012. The plaque is dedicated to the 654 Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. Daily, a 63 year-old native of Thermal, Calif., joked that the only difference between the current generation of Marines and the Marines of his time was they were more attractive. (Official Untied States Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Corey Dabney.)

Marines serving with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment wait to be dismissed from formation after the dedication of a Vietnam War Memorial Plaque at Camp Pendleton, Nov. 15, 2012. The solid-bronze plaque is dedicated to the 654 Marines and sailors of 3rd Bn., 1st Marines, who died in Vietnam. The plaque was unveiled in front of Marines and sailors who served with the battalion during the Vietnam War. (Official United States Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Corey Dabney)