I was a member of
the enlisted reserve corps. I witnessed a demonstration parachute jump by
When I was inducted
into the army, I immediately volunteered for the paratroopers.
training training, I completed parachute and demolition training at Fort
I arrived in
England on June 6th 1944 which was D-DAY.
I was assigned as a
replacement to the 508th, taking the place of a casualty in the
I served throughout
Operation Market-Garden (Holland invasion.) and the Battle of the Bulge in
Belgium and in the Roer valley of Germany, all with the demolition platoon
of Regimental HQ Company.
After victory in
Europe I taught Algebra.
I was discharged
from the army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on November 7th
I accepted a job as
a teacher of math and science and coached the boys and girls basketball
teams at Alta Mater Pickens high school.
I served 12 years
as a Baptist minister.
I earned a Bachelor
of Divinity degree, Master of Science Education degree, and Doctor of
Science Education degree.