70-year-old Boyd “Bill” Mullis was inspired to serve in the military by his seven uncles and father who all served during World War II. More specifically, Bill wanted to serve as a Paratrooper just like his father. In 1965, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in the Vietnam War and completed Basic Training […]
Born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Jerry Holliman followed in the footsteps of the rest of the men in his family and joined the military. Most of them enlisted in the U.S. Navy, one of them enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, but Jerry was the only one to enlist in the U.S. Army. Instead […]
The Purple Heart Homes Colorado Front Range Chapter continues extending their reach to local Service Connected Disabled Veterans. The President of the Chapter, Diana Fleming, had this to say about one of their Veterans: “There are times when what’s not said speaks more than what is said. My interview with Joseph Brown for this project […]
The military runs in the Evans family. Richard Evans, his father, and four brothers all served in the U.S. Army. 1969 was the year when Richard was drafted into the Vietnam War. He completed Basic Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, before being stationed in Germany. Richard was a Trumpet Player Bandsman during his service in […]
After his older brother served in the U.S. Army, Mark Swanger felt the need to serve his country during the perils of the Vietnam War. He enlisted in the Army in 1969. Basic Training took Mark to Fort Bragg in North Carolina. During his training, Mark was kicked in the face by a steel-toed boot, […]
It was the spirit of adventure, desire to see more of the world, and the honor and pride that come with serving in the military that coaxed Bernadette Bean into joining the U.S. Army National Guard. Bernadette completed her basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She served with the National Guard in 1994 before […]
If you are looking for a man who served his nation in two different branches of the military during three wars, traveled the world, and has enough stories to fill a book, look no further than 92-year-old Albert Jasper. Mr. Jasper couldn’t take it when Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941. He decided to join […]
The U.S. Army had a multifaceted talent among their ranks with the enlistment of Douglas Phelps. Originally from Kentucky, Douglas decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by enlisting in the Army. He underwent Basic Training at Fort Bliss in Texas and served as a Specialist in mechanical work. Douglas served three separate times between […]
Born and raised in West Virginia, Keith Walls has always taken the act of service seriously, both inside and outside of the military. Keith was drafted into the Vietnam War as a Marine back in 1971. Aside from the Draft, Keith cites that his inspiration for serving our country came from John F. Kennedy’s words: […]
Jacob Anthony grew up in Arkansas and made his initial career playing minor league baseball. After the events of 9/11 took place, Jacob felt as though he needed to do something more. He didn’t feel like he was giving anything back by playing baseball; he wanted to do something that would put him in the […]
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After having a disagreement with his father about whether he should go to school or get a job, Reuben Edwards decided to enlist in the U.S. Army to serve his country during World War II. Mr. Edwards completed basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, before shipping out to Japan and specializing as a Fire Fighter. […]
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