Born & raised in Chicago; now I reside in the
suburb of Streamwood, home of the BEST Veteran's
Memorial in the state of Illinois. Served my
country by joining (after receiving my draft
notice) the US NAVY in June,1966. Stationed in
Meridian, Miss.(Naval Air), Gulfport, Miss. (SeaBees),
& finally, Keflavik Iceland (NATO-Naval
Station). Honorably discharged, after 4 years, 1
month & 6 days active service.
I am proud that I am a Navy Vet!!
Me, 40+ years ago!!
(Chemical & Biological Warfare Specialist!
Me, about a 10 years ago!
My PROUDEST MOMENT:
I was a chaperone for my son's Junior History
class from Bartlett High School, a couple of
years ago. We toured our nation's Capitol,
Washington D.C. I was lagging behind the
class, taking pictures at Arlington National
Cemetery, when Mr. Ed Becker was motioning me to
hurry up & catch up to the group, as I came to
the Memorial Amphitheater. When I came up
to him, he started telling me to remove my
camera bag, I.D. tag....the class had chosen me
to be one of four, to present a wreath before
the Tomb of the Unknowns.
I was shocked & speechless! I mumbled
something to him ( I think I was trying to say
"Thank you"). What a great honor had been
bestowed on me! Never in my wildest dreams
have I ever thought of this!
I was shaking when we presented the wreath...
After we placed the wreath, we stepped back;
I snapped to attention & rendered a hand salute,
to honor my fallen comrades, as the beginning
notes of "TAPS" were sounded on a bugle.
I know men aren't supposed to cry, but I had
streams of tears flowing down my cheeks.
This picture was taken after the ceremony.
I was still in a bit of shock, unable to believe
what had just happened:
THANK YOU, to Mr. Becker's Junior History class,
2002. You will probably never know how you
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS & VETERANS
HONOR & RESPECT OUR TROOPS & VETERANS!!
As my "voices" reminded me....
I got a "Certificate" a while back:
I have "voices" in my head that
sometimes take over......
I'm 'posta be takin' my meds, but that
makes life too dull!
I have pet "kitty-katz" that OTHERS say
Sometimes, I do things that some say
I don't like "pancakes on Wednesday"; I
(that's MY dog, GOO-Shu, & MY bird,
JACKEER......some claim that they belong
Do you REALLY wanna know where I'm
I am here to lend
support to OUR TROOPS, wherever they
are, & for their families.