I had twenty six years total military service. My first ten years was as an enlisted man. Starting as a very young and naïve seventeen year old navy recruit and finishing my enlisted time as a combat engineer platoon sergeant. In 1962 I completed Special Forces training and was assigned to Seventh Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1967. I served three tours of duty in Vietnam, twice as an enlisted man and once as an officer. Some of my more memorable assignments were as a military advisor with the so called NON-COMBATANT units under MACV, prior to the country’s status being changed to a combat zone in 1965. After my last out of country assignment, I was the S-3 Operations and Intelligence staff officer, support command, 172nd Light Infantry Brigade, Fort Richardson, Alaska. My last active duty assignment was as the senior advisor for USAR Alaska.