The stories take the reader from South Florida in the late 1940's to Viet Nam in the 1960's. It then takes you to the Jungles of Panama and then to Fort Benning Ga as a drill sergeant.
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My First Forty Years A Soldier's Story
The book tells of a child growing up in South Florida for the first eighteen years and then joining the army in 1964 until retiring in 1987. It is a compilation of humorous adventures for the most part but has some poignant parts as well. It is written with the perspective of a young soldier growing into a career soldier.
I once heard that we form all of our gut level values by the age of eighteen and the only way they will change is a significant emotional event. About four months after my eighteenth birthday I woke up at about 2:30pm from an all-night event. My head was pounding, my mouth felt like it was full of cotton and I was afraid I would die. After a few minutes I was afraid I wouldn’t. It was then, while staring into the mirror with blood shot eyes, I remembered what I had wanted to do since I was fourteen years old. Join the Army.