I was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1945
and I was as raised in a rural area near a small village South of
Fond du lac, WI. I quit school at 16 years of age and started
working life on a dairy farm.
At the age of 17 years 3 months I enlisted
in the Army (1963).
My basic training was at Fort
Leonard Wood MO.
Advanced training was at Ft. Sill OK. on 105
While there, I got certified as a vehicle
driver of many different trucks, wreckers,
a missile launcher,
I was part of the 1st Armored Division-Old
My first duty assignment was to
South Korea for 13 months. In 1964 I was sent to Ft. Hood, TX where
I spent 10 months
before I got special orders for a 2 week
emergency leave to be followed by orders to Ft Bliss, TX where I was
assigned to the first heavy artillery battalion Vietnam bound.
Artillery soon shipped to Vietnam in the fall of 1965. We made our
way to Vietnam aboard the USNS Gordon.
It took 30 days to get there, where I was
assigned to Bravo Battery.
I was released from the Army in
March 1966 upon my return from Vietnam.
I worked in the building trades industry
when I got discharged and also took advantage of the GI Bill to get
an education in this field and graduated from Commercial Trades
Institute located in Chicago, IL.
In 1968 I started my own building
and remodeling business.
In 1980 (during the recession years) there
was not much demand for home builders and remodelers so I made use
of the free time.
I went to my local technical college and got
my GED, (highly recommended).
After 20 years running a successful business
it was time to get out of it, due to the stress, but it was fun.
Also in 1968 I got married and we
eventually had two daughters and one son. The daughters live nearby
and the son lives near Spokane WA.
I retired at the age of 64, and enjoyed some
traveling, and just taking it easy and chilling out.
I like camping, especially canoe
camping, fishing and playing board games.
I also spend a lot of time at my one room,
log-wanabee cabin. While there I like to spend my time hunting,
fishing and listening to the calm conifer trees swaying in the
breeze and smelling the pine. It is there that I like listening to
the pileated woodpeckers, bluebirds, chickadees, and Sandhill
I currently live at N. Fond du lac, Wi.
Best wishes to you all,