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Part time musician/ struggling author and a full time letter carrier in Las Vagas. Vietnam combat vet and one time golden gloves champion. I'm married with three children and two grandsons.One thing can't be said about our kids parents (us) and that is from the line of a pop hit "Your mama can't dance and your daddy don't rock 'n' roll."


Background Information

My life changed drastically in 1965 when I was drafted into the US Army. As a young man drafted off the streets, within months I  found myself in Vietnam. A one time  amatuer boxer and a rock 'n' roll musician I was a fish out of water in the military. I adapted, and became an infantryman, a US Army paratrooper.

I served as both an infantryman and a reconnaisance scout. I took my war experiences and my musical carrer and coupled them with my life  post Vietnam, and wrote a fictive account of it all. A sort of memoir if you will.

I have found writing of my war experiences to be cathartic. My book is not just about the shoot 'em' up aspect of the war, but more of a look inside of the minds of the young men fighting these escapades.  A search for enlightenmentI. I  like to write about their  hopes and dreams in spite of the hardships they endure. I also deal with the post war period. The part where coming back home just ain't that easy.

Birth Place
Chicago, IL USA
Accomplishments

I just won an "Honorable Mention" in the fiction category at the Hollywood Book Festival, July 2009



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