“Doc” is from Chicago, Illinois, but lived from coast to coast because of family and careers with FedEx and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). His father served in WWII as a 1st Lieutenant Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Doc’s family traces it’s genealogy in America as early as the 1800’s. Doc’s significant Other (Donna) is a United States Coast Guard veteran, and served in Iraq.
After high school, he attended college majoring in Aeronautical Engineering. During this time his Draft Lottery came up #4. Instead of being drafted into the Army for two years, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.
Doc served in Vietnam in 1972. He was assigned to Bien Hoa Air Base with Detachment 1, 377th Air Base Wing, 7th Air Force, and was attached to the 1st Marine Air Wing, 12th Marine Air Group as a Composite Unit during the 1972 Easter Offensive. Doc was with U.S. Forces during the Siege of An Loc where he was wounded. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, USAF Outstanding Unit Award with “V Device” for Combat Operations, Vietnam Campaign Medal with One Bronze Battle Star, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Award, Good Conduct Award, and Air Force Longevity Award. He is a Disabled Veteran.
After Vietnam, he was discharged from the VA Hospital, and started back to work. He helped start up operations with a small company called Federal Express, and retired after twenty five years of service.
After retiring, Doc was appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Office as a Program Analyst, and Advisor to the Congressional Committee on Veteran Affairs. He was also a Liaison to Congress and the White House concerning minority and female veterans healthcare and administrative benefits.
Doc was a member of a National Committee for Minority Veterans, Veterans Employment and Business Opportunity, and Chair for Minority Veterans Affairs for Indiana.
He has recently retired as a Director for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation (VWMF) in Washington, DC. Doc implemented, and coordinated the Whistle Stop Tour, and transported the Vietnam Women’s Memorial across the United States, He helped coordinate the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial where it now rests on the National Mall across from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) In Washington, D.C.
Doc moved to Cedar City, Utah after leaving his post with the VA, and coordinated the building and dedication of the Iron County, Utah, Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
He was then appointed to Utah’s State Veterans Board of Directors Nursing Home Facilities.
Doc moved to Belgrade, MT. and is now The Senior Vice commander for the Dept. of MT. Military Order of The Purple Heart (MOPH), and Commander for Eastern MT MOPH, Chapter 2016.
He is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Kentucky Colonel’s Association, and a Free Mason.
His interests in veterans advocacy includes State and Federal Policies, and sits on the Montana Committee for Veterans Employment, Training and Business Opportunities.
His hobbies include Harley Davidson motorcycles, Jeeps and Muscle Cars.
He is currently a private instructor for Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department as a Small Firearms Safety Instructor, and has been involved in many years of public relations in firearm safety, and training. Learn more about Doc on the Internet (GOOGLE).