My first venture into military service was with the 234th Army National Guard band out of Portland, Oregon. This was while I was still in Beaverton Union High School. During my senior year I found that most of my friends had joined the Navy Reserve out of Swan Island, Portland, Oregon. It was the 13-7 Naval District and Submarines!Somehow I managed to get an honorable discharge from the Oregon National Guard and joined the Submarine Naval Reserve.
With this change came a requirement of two years active duty. That was nothing in those days and I and my friends were excited to get on with this great adventure.
In 1966 I was ordered to SINS navigation school and then the USS Tecumseh (SSBN629) Gold Crew.
I later (1991) joined the Hawaii Army National Guard where I finished my military service with 22 years and am now a retired CWO-2 with full retirement privileges.