Being drafted in 1967, growing up in a Army town and deciding to enlist in the Navy instead. I guess giving up my youth for country. Witnessing it was the wrong time to be in uniform with the '60s movement. It was just puzzling for members in the Armed Forces at the time.

I served with honor and pride to have served the greatest country on this earth, the United States of America.

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