Enlisted into the Army in April 1966, took Basic Training at Ft. Knox and AIT Radio Operator training also at Ft. Knox. Was assigned to B. Co. 293rd Engineer Bn. Volunteered for Vietnam and was assigned to a Troop 1/9th Cav. 1st Cav Div. in January of 1968. Was transferred to Hq. Troop in April of 1968. After serving out my year was sent to 2/13 Armor Bn at Ft.Hood. Eight months later I again volunteered for Vietnam with the 1st Cav Div. in October of 1969 was assigned to Co. E 2/5th Cav. to its Recon Platoon as a grenadier [M79] after six months I volunteered for LOCH door gunner, was assigned to C Troop 1/9th Cav and was shifted to the Blues Platoon [recon]. ETS in November of 1970.
Attended Nicolet College in Rhinelander Wi. Majored in Business Management. After college got a job as Welder at A. O. Smith Co. in Milwaukee. Got laid off during recession so I reenlisted in the Army in 1974, had to take Basic Training all over again at Ft. Jackson, but graduated as Top Soldier in Class. Took my training as 95Bravo [military Policeman] at Ft. Gordon, graduated in Top 5% of class. Was assigned to 513th MP Co. at Savanna Army Depot ILL. After a year there, was assigned to 503rd MP Co. in Frankfurt Germany. I ETS in December of 1976 because of death of stepfather and family needs. Worked for DC Everest School District for 30 years until retirement in 1997.
I did 2 tours in Vietnam, Jan 1968 to Jan. 1969 A & Hq Troop 1/9th Cav. 1st Cav. Div.
Oct. 1969 to Nov. 1970 with E. Co. 2/5th Cav. And C Troop 1/9th Cav 1st Cav Div.
Received the following awards & decorations, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Good Conduct Medals, Combat Air Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star with V, Combat Infantry Badge.
I come from a large family with 5 brothers and 2 sisters plus 4 stepbrothers and 4 stepsisters. While I was born in Milwaukee my parents never stayed in one place too long. So I’ve lived in big cities and small towns from Milwaukee to Harshaw. Went to Washington HS in Milwaukee and college at Nicolet College in Rhinelander where I helped found the Nicolet Area Veterans Club. I worked for the DC Everest School District as a Class One Custodian for 30 years and I’m enjoying my retirement and find myself spending my time serving with the VFW.