I am a Son of the South (hometown in northeastern Florida; college educated in southwestern Missouri), career soldier (retired as a LTC in 2008 with over 29 years, and a subsequent Retiree Recall put me over 31) who was originally trained in the USMCR (M Company (-), 3/24 Marines, 4th MAR DIV, Semper Fi!) with combat in OPN Urgent Fury (Grenada), El Salvador, OPN Desert Storm (Persian Gulf War), OPN Joint Endeavor/ Joint Guard (Bosnia), OPN Enduring Freedom (Global War on Terror, Horn of Africa/ Kuwait/ Afghanistan theaters), OPN Iraqi Freedom (Global War on Terror, Kuwait/ Iraq theater). I also served in OPN Noble Eagle (Global War on Terror/ USA Homeland defense), OPN Volcano (disaster relief, Armero, Columbia), and USA disaster relief during Hurricanes Hugo, Opal, Frances, and TS Alberto in Florida. I was awarded a Life Membership in the 19th Infantry Regiment, US Army, a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (Past Commander of Post 5213), and a Perpetual Member of Pineland Lodge 86, F&AM. I have been married since 1989 (Susan) and have 1 son (Caleb). I am also a retiree of the Florida Department of Corrections and worked criminal justice 29.5 years. I retired from the USCG Auxiliary with 20 years service (Flotillas 14-9, 14-7)as a Flotilla Staff Officer, Aerial Observer, Instructor and Lighthouse Tender (St Augustine Lighthouse, Florida). In my youth, I attained Eagle Scout with the BSA (BSA Troops 362 and 180, signed by President Richard Nixon), won the Presidential Physical Fitness Award in 1974 while in High School (signed by President Gerald Ford) and was a Triple Letterman (football/ wrestling/ track) at Flagler Palm Coast High School with my greatest achievement in athletics being amateur boxing (72-3, 55 KOs). I also served 2 years with the FFA Chapter during high school. Thanks to all of you who have visited and left flowers/ comments on my memorials, and especially those who have sponsored them.
"You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
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