I was born in Florida and resided there until I was three years of age. I have two older siblings and a large extended family. My father’s family is Pennsylvania Dutch Amish and have lived on the ancestral lands since the mid-
When I was three the family relocated to New Jersey where I completed my elementary and secondary education. When I was in High School, the war in Vietnam was just beginning to escalate, my friends and I were preparing for the inevitable draft and service in Vietnam. However, I was granted admission to Brown University in Providence Rhode Island and at least temporarily escaped the draft.
During my Junior year at Brown, I was forced to withdraw due to financial constraints. I knew full well that as soon as the draft board found out, I would receive my induction letter.
I joined the Air Force and did my basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas. I tested well and was sent to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi to attend Morse Radio Intercept training. Upon completion of this training, I was sent to Good Fellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas for training in signals and electronic intelligence.
Upon completion of my training, I was sent to Crete and was assigned a position which required travel to several embassy’s and covert locations to pick up intercepted intelligence and escort it to the Directory of the Nation Security Agency. I continued at this job until I was assigned to an intercept station monitoring covert assets and security integrity.
After about eighteen months, I received orders for Vietnam. I was to report to the 6994th Security Squadron, Saigon. However before reporting I completed additional training in: Water Survival, Air Born Radio Direction Finding, Escape and Evasion, Prisoner of War survival and communication, Basic Survival in a Hostile environment, Special Weapons Training, Combat Medical intervention, Jungle Survival, interrogation techniques and resistance.
When I arrived in Vietnam I was immediately sent as a detached unit to Da nage Air Force Base where I was assigned to fly EC-
Our missions were to locate and identify significant enemy targets, identify them, intercept any and all radio communications, determine the strategic and or tactical value and direct air strike against them if warranted. The day after we directed air strikes, we would go in by helicopter and search the enemy dead for any information which might have an intelligence value. Upon return to our base we would review, and the information assess it and forward any and all viable information to the director of the National Security Agency.