Chaplain - Marines
Hello. It is an honor to be Chaplain of VFW Post 7263. We are fortunate to have great leadership and dedicated members who have kept our Post active for over three quarters of a century!
My father was a minister, and my grandfather was an evangelist and minister. My sister has a PHD in Theology and has ministered to tribes and congregations in Africa. My own experience in the church includes appointment to deacon, but I am not currently affiliated with any specific church or denomination. The VFW chaplaincy is non-sectarian, and our duty as chaplains is to minister to our comrades, regardless of their beliefs.
I was born in Texas and grew up in Northern California and Oklahoma. I graduated from Grove High School in Grove, Oklahoma in 1964 and attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College. Then I joined the U. S. Marine Corps in 1965. After boot Camp at MCRD in San Diego, California I had second Infantry Training at Camp Pendleton. My specialty training was at Naval Air Training Center, Memphis. My field of training was Avionics (Aircraft Electonics).
In 1967 I was in Vietnam with the Ugly Angels helicopter squadron HMM-362, which at the time flew Sikorsky CH-34Ds. My tour of duty in Vietnam ended in 1968 during the Tet Offensive. My duty station assignments included MCAS El Toro California, Camp Hanson Okinawa, LPH-3 USS Okinawa off the Vietnam coast, MCAF Ky Ha Vietnam, Phu Bai Combat Base (Camp Hochmuth) Vietnam, and MCAS Iwakuni Japan. I received an honorable discharge in 1969.
After 4 years in the U. S. Marine Corps, I returned to civilian life. I worked in the Silicon Valley tech industry in California before working for defense contractor GTE Sylvania, which later became a division of General Dynamics. As a defense contractor, I supported programs at many domestic and overseas military bases and government sites. After 26 years of service in the Defense industry with GTE and GD, I retired in 2007. In 2016? I joined the VFW Post 7263. With all the great experiences that I and my family have experienced at Post 7263, with comrades, family and friends, it now feels like a second home. I am now looking forward to the future of our Post, and hope and expect it to continue serving veterans through the next quarter century and beyond.