Drafted into the US Army, September 24, 1968.
Received basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Received AIT training in Infantry at Tiger Land, Fort Polk, Louisiana with specialized training for Jungle Warfare.
Eligibilty for VFW - Deployed to Viet Nam in March 1969 to March 1970. Duty was with the 9th Infantry Division operating in 3rd and 4th Cores (Mekong Delta).
Following return to the US, was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas for completion of his active service.
Awards & Medals: Combat Infantry Badge; Bronze Star Medal with "V" device; Air Medal; Army Commendation; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/palm; National Defense Medal; Civil Action Medal w/Oak Leaf; Viet Nam Service Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars; Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal; Expert (Rifle); Expert (Grenade); Marksman (M-60 Machine Gun)
Joined the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 in 1971. Served as Post Quartermaster for 1 year and Post Commander for 4+ years. Erie County Council Commander for 2 years. Present Commander District 6 VFW Department of New York. Served as Department of New York VFW Patriotic Instructor; Membership Chairman, Chairman of the Commander's Programs, Membership Vice Chairman, Inspector, Chairman Community Service and Department Quartermaster.
MOC Pup Tent 54 - Hyde Gimlet, Blanket Bum Seam Squirrel, Hungry Cootie. MOC Grand of New York - Grand Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Grand Commander. Supreme Council MOC - Deputy Jimmy Legs.
Member of the Grand Island Fire Company for 57 years. Member of the original Paramedic crew with the Grand Island Fire Company for 26 years. 9-1-1 Communications' Supervisor for over 14 years.
Lifetime resident of Grand Island New York. Married for 46 years to Sue McMahon with 2 daughters; Bridget and Molly.