On November 12, 2007 Steve wrote:
My two years (and two summer schools ) at The Citadel were bitter sweet.
I enjoyed the military system and did well with it, but academically, I
found most of my classes to be stultifying, and did poorly. On balance,
the “Alcatraz on the Ashley” effect proved more powerful than the positives
of Charleston and the Corps. I moved on to a college in New Hampshire,
with girlfriends and parties replacing Friday parades , SMIs and weekend
However, by 1967, the Vietnam War was in full swing and my desire to do
military things continued to burn strongly within me. I enlisted in
the US Army.
After a short tour in Germany with the 3rd Armored Cav, I went to OCS and
was commissioned an infantry 2LT on July 5, 1968. After completing
Airborne and Ranger schools, I became an instructor in the Ranger Department,
there at Fort Benning.
In early ’69, I joined the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, serving with
2/39 Inf and 6/31 Inf, with the latter commanding the battalion recon platoon.
I was hit a couple of times, but on Nov 6, ’69, I was very severely wounded,
including total and permanent blindness.
I was hospitalized for 19 months, during which I married Susan, was retired
as a captain, and then returned to school, the University of Connecticut
(a story depicted in my book “Jungle in Black”). I graduated magna
cum laude in ’74, following that with an MA also at UCONN. I then worked
as a counseling psychologist until moving to Ireland in ’76, where I worked
on my dissertation as a grad assistant (to remain unfinished as we and our
six children moved to Germany in ’82 – to work for the US Army as a civilian.
We returned to the States (New Hampshire) in 1990, where I joined a social
services nonprofit, until taking on a position with the Federal Government
in Virginia in 2001.
In June of ’07, I returned to the US Army, at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center, the very place where I’d spent so long as a patient. I am
now the Director, Soldier and Family Assistance Center.
Susan and I continue to live in Arlington, Virginia, and another book on
Vietnam will soon be published.
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