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I was born and raised in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. I attended Philadelphia public schools:
In March 1969, prior to high school graduation, I enlisted in the US Marine Corps on the Delayed Entry Program.
As of this time I was in the Marine Corps but was not going to basic training until after I graduated. I graduated on June 12, 1969 and on June 16, 1969 I was on my way to Parris Island SC for basic training.
During my four years on active duty, I served at the following locations:
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego CA (Radio Telegraph Operators School)
Camp Lejeune NC (32nd Marine Expeditionary Unit; Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment; Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division)
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point NC (Marine Wing Communications Squadron 2, Marine Wing Headquarters Group)
Camp Pendleton CA (Staging Battalion - preparation for duty in Vietnam)
Camp Hansen, Okinawa (Non Commissioned Officers School)
Republic of South Vietnam (Marine Wing Communications Squadron 1) - see map for the general areas where I served
This is the Geneva Convention card which was given to everyone serving in Vietnam. If taken prisoner by the enemy, this was all the information you were allowed to give them.
I was on board the USS Guam in the spring of 1970 as a member of the 32nd MEU. This was a reinforced infantry battalion and helicopter squadron that was always on patrol in the Caribbean. During that duty the Guam was dispatched to Peru to assist in earthquake relief. In getting there we had to cross the equator so I went through the initiation and became a Shellback.
During my time on active duty, I received 2 meritorious promotions (to Corporal and Sergeant). Here are photos of me receiving the promotions:
My resume (on this website) shows my education and employment history so I won’t repeat it here. I am proud that all my education after Lyons Technical Institute was done at night while I held full time jobs during the day.
I retired from Exelis Inc. in 2013.
In 2004, I began active volunteering with these organizations. My service continues to this day:
Throughout my life, these are the lessons I learned and continue to practice today: