I joined the USN in 1967,I attended Boot Camp @ NTC San Diego.
I was then given orders to and attended Hospital Corps "A" School@Balboa
Naval Hospital, San Diego. I was then ordered to Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital
where I did my time as a ward orderly. I quickly tired of the routine as
a ward orderly and shortly after my arrival at the Naval Hospital, Camp
Pendleton I volunteered for duty in Vietnam. I received orders and was
sent to Camp Delmar (FMF)located on Camp Pendleton for Fleet Marine Training.
My Training Class was at Camp Delmar for 6 Weeks(?)under the guidance of
4 Marine Corps Sergeants. These gentlemen took a very great interest in
our survival and taught us well. I received orders to and arrived in Saigon,
Republic of South Vietnam Apr 1969. I was then flown by C130 to Danang
and arrived at 1st Recon BN HQ for duty assignment. I was assigned to Alpha
Company, 1st Plt as a Recon Team Corpsman. I remained with this unit (1st
Recon BN) til August 1970 (including several TDY assignments for special
projects). After my time in Vietnam I returned to Conus in August of 1970
with orders to report to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Dispensary
1017. I requested "C" School and was given orders to Naval Hospital Bethesda,
MD. After completion of training I received orders to Camp Lejuene, NC
(Naval Hospital)and after 1 1/2 years, I requested and was granted orders
to Mainside Dispensary as NCOIC. My final assignment was to the Physical
Exam Center @ Camp Lejuene as NCOIC. Discharged in 1979 (Honorable) and
returned to Michigan.
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