I was born in Lebanon, Indiana in 1945. In 1963, I graduated from Mooresville High School in my home town of Mooresville, Indiana. I completed an Associate’s Degree with Pipe Trades Industry and Indiana University Extension. I joined the Air Force to beat the draft. I was assigned to the 71st Special Operations Squadron at Nha Trang Air Base, Vietnam in aircraft maintenance in 1968/69.
The most exciting event that happened to me during my tour was heading home to see my first born baby, Melissa Marie. She was born six weeks prior to my arrival home. I’ll always remember making some great friends during my tour of duty in Vietnam and being able to serve my wonderful country. This was a time when many people felt we had no business being in Vietnam. I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate even though it was difficult leaving my family. I separated from the United States Air Force in June 1969.