I have lived all of these years since leaving USMA in
Portland, Oregon. After leaving Company I-1, I returned to the University of Oregon where I got a B.A. in Political Science (emphasis on the political history of South and Southeast Asia). I picked up on the hints we got at Camp Buckner about how well certain tanks do in the rice patties, etc. Almost went to work for a certain interesting agency, but met my wife-to-be and passed that opportunity by. After getting married in 1962, I went back to college a year later and graduated with a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Portland in 1966. This way I now had at least one degree that I could support a family on. I have been in Information Technology most of the years after getting my Engineering degree.
Military career-wise, after leaving West Point I was reassigned to my old Army Reserve Division and by 1965 had been promoted to E-7. At that time I was offered, and accepted, a direct commission as a 2LT. I continued to serve in the 104th USAR Division (Tng) until I retired as a very senior captain in 1977 with 20 full years for retirement and 24 years for pay. During those years, I served in such assignments as
an Assistant G-3 on the Division Staff, BCT Company Commander, Battalion S-3,
Assistant Division IG (with detail to the IG Corp), and an Assistant G-1 on the
I think it was Nick Vay who was always telling me to watch my weight when we were working out in PE. Well,
PE found me and made me leave USMA. And, 18 years later, weight got me passed over and made me retire from the Army. One especially good thing I found out after I left West Point was why I had to go on sick call so often. Turns out I am very
allergic to feathers and wool. Boy, was I in the right place for that. Also had to have an operation on my nose to fix a
dysfunctional nostril. That explained the stitches when running. Guess my eventual career sitting in front of a computer
terminal was the best fit after all.
August 23, 2002 I completed 20 years with NIKE and retired from that fun and
gratifying environment. Now I am trying to put some of that Information
Technology experience to good use by working on this Class Web Site. I am
also the Webmaster for the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program out of Walter
Reed and Ft Belvoir.
Since December 2003 I have volunteered
as a Certified Long-Term Care Ombudsman with the State of Oregon. I have
been assigned to many Assisted Living Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities
It was a good match to use my former IG experience.