Omaha Interior communication technician 2nd class, U.S. Navy
Served aboard the USS Luce, a guided missile destroyer, from 1973 to '76.
Memory: “I was drafted into the Army in the summer of 1972 and decided my future would be better served in the Navy. At that time draftees were still being sent to Vietnam as infantrymen, and I knew that wasn't for me. I was inducted in October 1972 and sent to San Diego for boot camp. I look back on my time in the service as some of the best times of my life. I traveled the world and became great friends with my shipmates. I'm on the left in the photo, and the guy on the right is Jim Horton from Maryland. We were setting up a public address system for a promotion ceremony off the coast of Italy. Jim and I still keep in touch to this day.”
The World-Herald’s “At War, At Home: The Cold War” is a special look back at the Nebraskans and Iowans whose courage and commitment helped prevent nuclear war and lift the Iron Curtain. The 330-page book includes:
» Gripping stories and compelling photographs from The World-Herald’s archives.
» Service memories submitted by Nebraskans and western Iowans.
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