Hal Faulkner enlisted in the Marines in 1953. He was one of eight children in his family, and his father passed away when he was just 7 years old. The family struggled financially, and they lived on a cattle ranch in the north part of Florida. When he was 19, he attended boot camp in South Carolina and rose through the ranks from private first class to corporal, then to sergeant. He served in the Philippines. He was on his way to the top. But then something happened.
In 1956, when he was 22 years old, he was dishonorably discharged after three years of service. Proud service. He never had an issue -- his record was clean, no insubordination, there were no write-ups of incompetence or laziness. But there were rumors ... and injustice.