Every afternoon, when I would come in from work, my wife, Shirlene, who was pregnant with my first son Michael, would say, " Did you hear about so-and-so, he got his draft notice today?" I could see the hand-writing on the wall so I joined Nov. 16,1969. I went through Basic Training at Ft. Benning, Ga. From there I went to Ft. Rucker, AL. for Aircraft. Mech. and Repair.
I arrived in Blueghost Country June 2nd-1970 and went straight to work in the Maintenance Hangar. About a month went by and one morning somebody asked for a volunteer to go to "Guns". Guess who volunteered?
One of the first guys I met was Sgt. Dale Baker, who was getting pretty close to going home. He was very helpful in getting me settled in and to this day a dear friend.