Growing up in a poor family, a poor community, and a poor state is no unusual set of circumstances that has produced many positive and unfortunate outcomes in the lives of people everywhere. What is rare is to have these never-ending hardships remembered in detail with an innocence that makes one wonder why such an obvious lack of resentment, but this is precisely what the author has done. How this was achieved is due to an innate drive to overcome and a conviction that surely this is not the way growing up need be. No matter the depth of depravity, there are assets that can be taken advantage of. With maybe just a little more than average intelligence, and exceptional physical coordination that included the ability to run fast, a deprived father’s sports background, and a wonder and curiosity that developed out of necessity and a love for nature, Williams left for the military life that ultimately answered many of these deep questions that even the Creek Bank School of Learning could not provide answers to.