After my wife and I were married, I returned to Germany following my leave because of my dad’s funeral. Not long after I returned to Germany, I was transferred to Ft Gordon as staff. I bought my first house while I was there. I was assigned to the school as an instructor, but my voice did not meet the specifications required so I eventually was transferred to Korea. I was discharged from the Army in July 1973.
I worked locally in my home town for a while then we moved to Houston, TX. I drove a truck there for a while, my wife moved back to Georgia and I moved to Nebraska and became employed there.
May of 1976 I went to an Elvis concert. Later that month I joined the Navy:
I started out in Great Lakes, IL, then Groton, CT, then to San Diego, CA, to all of my electronic schools at the ASW Training Center, Point Lama. My first ship the USS Aylwin FF 1081 in Charleston SC. I went aboard in GITMO Cuba. On the way back from there to Charleston is when we got the word that Elvis had passed.
After a few years on board we went into a shipyard for repairs and upgrade, I transferred back to the ASW Training Center for another school. I was assigned to the USS Trippe FF 1075 again in Charleston, SC. While on the Trippe I was transferred to the USS Nicolson DDG 982 TAD (temp duty) for a couple of months. We went to south Florida for a mission and ran a ground in the bay on the Atlantic side of Florida.
I was aboard the USS Trippe for a few years until it had to go into the shipyards for up grade. I came due for some shore duty so I chose Recruiting duty. I did recruiting school in Orlando, FL from which I was assigned duty in Memphis, TN. I recruited for a few years and went back to sea, this time on the west coast to the USS Roark FF 1053 in San Diego.
The USS Roark was later transferred to Treasure Island, SF, CA from which I retired in August 1988. After retiring I moved to New London, CT, to work for a government contractor doing work involved with my Navy duties. This company lost the contract so I had to relocate to Virginia Beach, VA to another contractor doing the same job. Worked as a System Engineer there. They lost the contract also so I moved to Birmingham, AL and became a Semi-truck driver. Later I purchased my own truck and until August 2007 I drove many miles over the road. This is where I am today, in Georgia, retired, and enjoying life as much as I can. I look back at my life and I say it was a good life many ups and downs, but I made it through, and even survived cancer. I do have some regrets, but I have made the best of it.
This concludes my story of my travel through life. It is my story and I am sticking to it.
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