I was born on September 5, 1947 at the 7th Station Hospital in Trieste, Italy after WW 2. My father was re-assigned to Fort Ethan Allen in 1948 until he was sent to Korea (1950-1952). While he was gone my mother, brother (James), and I lived in our home at 2 South Summit Street here in Essex Junction. I spent my first year of school in Essex Junction at Summit Street School. After tours in Texas and Germany my father retired from the Military after 30 years of service.
I attended Essex Intermediate School through grades 7 and 8 then Essex Junction High School at the Maple Street location until my graduation in June of 1966. I enlisted in the Army in January of 1968 and after basics and advanced training as a helicopter mechanic/crew chief I was station at Fort Carson Colorado with the 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 101st Airborne Division.
In January of 1969 I left with my Battalion to go to Northern I Corps, Republic of Vietnam. I spent 21 months in country splitting my time between being a mechanic and flying combat missions, the most famous battle being “Hamburger Hill”.
I left for the states in September 1970 to be separated from the Army at Fort Lewis, Washington. I was decorated with two Bronze Stars, Army Commendation Medal, A valorous award, a Presidential Unit Award, plus numerous other earned awards. In 1980 I entered the Vermont Army National Guard as a full time technician/ Guardsman and retired in October 2007 as a Master Sergeant (E-8) after a 30 Year Career.
After retirement I went on to be elected Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6689 in Essex Junction. In 2012 during my second year as Commander I earned the titles of “All State Commander” and “All American Commander” and then stepped down in 2014 to persue other interests.
In 2011 I joined The Essex Memorial Day Parade committee and stayed for the next 8 years to help organize and develop the best parade to honor our fallen Veterans. In 2017 and 2018 I returned to work as a Civilian Contractor for the Military Funeral Honors Program at Camp Johnson. I am presently running as District Representative 8-2 (Essex Junction) in the Vermont Legislature. I am confident I can earn your vote and represent Essex Junction.