Jerry grew up in South Florida. He joined the United States Army at eighteen and served for a total of twenty one years.
Jerry was a Scout both Light Infantry and Mechanized; he also served as Drill Sergeant and was an Instructor at the Army Jungle Warfare School in the Republic Panama.
Jerry served in Vietnam with the 1st Air Cavalry Division and the 101st Airborne Division.
After retiring from the Army he worked in the scuba industry as an Instructor, Divemaster, and Store Manager before finally becoming a Store Owner.