I was born in Bakersfield, CA on April 14, 1940. During the
War we moved to Long Beach, where my father worked in the ship yards. He was ineligible for the military due to an injured
elbow. I remember standing at the edge of the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, looking down and thinking it was a million
feet down to the water.
We moved back to Bakersfield after the war and I went to school there until the tenth
I moved to Napa, CA and graduated from Mont La Salle H.S. I then attended St.
Mary's College in Moraga, CA. I attended St. Mary's College for two years then moved to Sherman Oaks, CA. I attended
San Fernando Valley State College (now Cal. St. Univ. at Northridge). I stayed there for three and a half years and then
joined the Army on Jan. 29, 1963, two days after finals.
I attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Ord, CA., then went to Airborne
Training at Ft. Benning, GA.
While at Ft. Benning they were recruiting for Special Forces. Until then it was
required to be an NCO with over three years service to volunteer, but there wasa a shortage of Communications personnel and
began recruiting first enlistment personnel.