I served in the United States Army for four years ten months and three days. My MOS was 91B20 medical corpsman. I was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. for two years before being transferred to Europe. My first duty station was Istanbul, Turkey. Although I was only in Turkey for two weeks before I was sent back to Germany due to a clerical error when I first got to Germany. Istanbul I learned was a city that has been inhabited for over 2500 years. Walking the streets of that ancient city I began to see a world that has existed before the birth of Christ. This city has seen many conflicts over the centuries, Many battles have been fought over this prime piece of real estate between Europe and the middle east. I began to understand what it meant to be a soldier for the first time.
The Army taught me how to both kill and because I was a medic how to help those who were wounded in battle. As I look back on those times that seemed to fly by at a dizzying pace. I now understand that I was willing to give up my life for the defense of my country. The fact That I could die in battle was something I had to accept in order to perform my duty as a soldier. This is the way it has always been for those who have fought and died for their country. I can truthfully say that I have never regretted the time that I served in uniform. To the guys who I was stationed with in Bayreuth, Germany from 74-76 at the “Rock” thank you for your service. We were truly at that time a band of brothers. “Toujours Pret.” Always Ready.