Corpsman for seven years
until medically discharged. Served on board the USS Barry (DD-933) and
USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) out of Newport, RI. Stationed at USNH #2 at Chelsea,
Mass. FMF with 3rd Bat., 5th Mar 1st Mar. Div then back to US finishing
at MSCS, El Toro, Ca.
Born & raised in Lowell,
Joined the U.S. Navy Reserves
in February 1962.
Boot camp was in June 1962
at The Great Lakes recruit training center.
Married Diane Rowen 1 Jan
1964. Active duty began 2 Jan 1964 at which time I attended Hospital Corps
School, Company 29 at Great Lakes, graduating May 1964.
Stationed on U.S.S. Barry
DD-933, homeport in Newport, Rhode Island from May 1964 to August 1964.
Transferred to U.S.S. Grand
Canyon AD-28 from August 1964 to January 1966, during which time had deployment
of 6 month Mediterranean cruise & 6 month stint at Norfolk, Virginia.
During this time advanced to HM3(E-4). Became the proud father of
Sharon Margaret & Tracy Rowen.
Reinlisted as regular Navy
in September 1965 on board the Grand Canyon.
Attended Optical technician
school at Bethesda, Maryland from February 1966 to August 1966.
Transferred to U.S.N.H. #2
at Chelsea, Massachusetts as optical technician from August 1966 to February
1968. Advanced to HM2 & assumed the role of senior enlisted of the
EENT clinic during this time. While at U.S.N.H. #2 initiated the training
curriculum for the optical technician phase of the on the j ob training
for EENT technicians. Transferred to Camp Pendleton, California, for FMF
training in February 1968, as 2"" platoon commander.
Graduated April 1968, then
assigned to 3'd Battalion 5'" Marine I"' Marine division out of Phu Bi,
RVN, as senior corpsman of India Company. WIA 1 1 June 1968 X2. WIA 15
June 1968, after 3rd Purple Heart transferred to MCAS Fl Torro, California.
Medically discharged 13 Feb
1969. Divorced from Diane in 1969. Since discharged from U.S. Navy, resided
in San Bernardino, California for 12 years. Moved to Modesto, California
& resided there until 1989. Moved to Northern California (Eureka, McArthur
& Redding) currently residing in Redding, California.
Employed as registered dispensing
optician from 1969-1986. Took national nursing boards for Licensed Vocational
Nurse (Licensed Practical Nurse) in 1985 and am currently an LVN in California.
Currently married to Terry Parlee.
Is currently a member of
the Military Order of the Purple Heart, National Association of Medics
& Corpsman & The American Association of Navy Hospital Corpsman.
Life member of VFW, life
member DAV, member American Legion, Military
Order of Purple Heart,
American Association of Navy Hospital Corpsman,
of Medics and Hospital Corpsman.
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