Mar
2
2016

As Udell Bell reflected on his life he said, “I was raised a country boy that had never seen nothin’. I look back on what we went through and I wonder how we made it.” Stepping out of the cotton fields and onto the Merchant Marine ships that would carry him around the world was […]

Feb
19
2016

My friend, Bob May, was an Airforce Navigator on a C-130 transport during the Viet Nam war years. Dripping with sarcasm, he says that in 1968 and 1969 he was, “honored to be part of two Tet Offenses.” These were two of the largest military campaigns of the war. January 1968 and again in February […]

Feb
12
2016

Al D’Agostino’s military career began as a Merchant Marine seaman just a few months short of the end of World War II. He graduated from high school in Rochester, New York and had been taking radio theory classes and working toward his 2nd class FCC license. But on his 18th birthday, Al decided to put […]

Jan
29
2016

The Viet Nam War was a terrible conflict and filled with “absolute terror,” as Sergeant Jim Greenwalt explains. The dangers were mostly constant and uncertainty ruled each day. But also, along the way, there are memories that Jim has of times of levity and resourcefulness that helped the soldiers keep their sanity. For instance, after […]

Jan
19
2016

Jim Greenwalt was originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee and attended the University of Chattanooga. He was on the varsity wrestling team and he says that he had too much fun there and didn’t concentrate on education. So to avoid being a burden on his parents because of his grades, Jim joined the Army in 1966. During […]