Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace
Author Biographies (alphabetical order - click on letter)
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My military service began at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego,
on August 13, 2001. Following boot camp, I started Marine combat
training at the Camp Pendleton School of Infantry and subsequently
trained as an aviation ordnance systems technician at the Naval Air
Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida. I then trained at the
Naval Air Maintenance Training Marine Unit in Cherry Point, North
Carolina, where I specialized in helicopter weapons systems. Upon
completing my training, I arrived at my permanent duty station,
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775, a UH-1 Huey and
AH-1 Cobra helicopter squadron at Camp Pendleton, California.
Since I was enlisted as a Marine reservist, I was immediately discharged from active duty and put on reserve status, which enabled
me to begin academic studies at the University of La Verne in California. I completed only one semester before being activated from
the reserves and deploying to Al Asad, Iraq, for a seven-month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The following passage describes the events that prompted a two-year conscientious
objector investigation by the Marine Corps.
Against my wishes and better judgment I reluctantly left the safety
and comfort of my mother’s womb and was propelled headlong kicking and screaming into this world on the eve of the Anzio beachhead
and the invasion of Italy during the height of World War II, in which
my father and all of my uncles proudly wore the uniforms of Army,
Navy and Air Force (Army Air Corps then). I was raised in a military town and all my life I saw men go off to war. The sea called and
during the Vietnam War I volunteered for the Navy and served aboard
the aircraft carrier USS Essex on her last voyage. An illustrious ship.
The flagship of the Atlantic fleet. I also served as a member of VC2
fighter squadron in Oceania, Virginia. Being somewhat of an impractical devil-may-care dreamer, I settled in Berkeley after my military
service to live out my impossible dreams. So far my entire life has
come true. The question of free will or predestination still remains
unanswered. Life is more mysterious than ever—to my way of thinking at least.