I enlisted in the Army at the height of the Vietnam War—1967. I came from a southern family with a strong military background and felt that serving the country was the right thing to do in a time of need.
Because I wanted to see some action, I volunteered for army aviation and ended up in an air cavalry squadron in IV Corps. Not satisfied with the safety of the ground crew, I volunteered for the Scout platoon. Participation in dozens of combat missions provided a great deal of close combat with both VC and NVA fighters. I was quite successful.