Town: Groveland

Branch of service and rank: Marines, sergeant, Vietnam War

Enlisted or drafted? Enlisted. I enlisted because I wanted to make a difference, and I heard about the Vietnamese suffering in the country.

What did you do in the service? I was in the Combined Active Program, a seven-man team assigned to a village.

Why did you consider it important? We taught them how to protect themselves and keep the North Vietnamese away from their marketplace.

What did you like the least? Losing some friends in combat.

What is your most important memory from the service? Building a school and health facility for the village.

What would you like people to understand about war? The hardship that the combat soldiers have when they return.