enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Nashville, Ga., in 1952. After Boot Camp at Parris Island, he was assigned to MCAS Opa-Locka, working Logistics and Embarkation. He then served in Kadena, Japan, flying missions in and out of Korea supporting operations there. Reassigned to MCAS Cherry Point, he operated out of Roosevelt Roads extracting civilians during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Follow-on tours included Okinawa, Cherry Point, Opa-Locka, MCAS Beaufort, Pendleton, and 2.5 tours in Vietnam before his final tour at MCAS Beaufort. He retired in 1972 as a Gunnery Sergeant with 20 years service. He stayed in Beaufort working in financial services for 15 years, as a sales and financial manager at a car dealer for 20 years and he works today with Butler Automotive. That’s 69 years on the job!
– Compiled by John Chubb, American Legion Post 9. For nominations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.