What are you doing now: Aside from a three-and-one-half year stint as Tactical Officer of C Co. and Field Music at Valley Forge Military Academy & College in Wayne, PA, I worked in the publishing industry after retiring from the Army in September 1991. I started out as Executive Editor of Presidio Press, a San Francisco Bay Area book publisher specializing in military history and military affairs. After leaving VFMA&C in the summer of 1998, I became my own boss--using contacts I'd made with Presidio to line up freelance copy-editing projects for several commercial and scholarly book publishers. I finally had to give up work entirely in 2004, however, when my body began letting me down. Fortunately, all of my disabling conditions are either directly or indirectly service-connected--making me eligible for a wide range of VA benefits--without which I'd be up the proverbial estuary without a manipulator!
Other Comments: For the last 19 years I've been living on the Big Island of Hawaii with my wife, Carol, in a subdivision about a mile outside of Mountain View--almost exactly halfway between Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. However, I'm moving to Idaho in May 2019 and will be settling in the Sagle area not far from the Pend Oreille River. Between the Blue State politics, earthquakes and eruptions, I decided it was time to bid Hawaii Aloha and head for cooler climes!
Best Moment Attending the III Corps Mechondo Course with the entire platoon.
Worst Moment We were participating in force-on-force maneuvers with the 1st Cav Div. in the spring of '73 when a UH-1H carrying a squad of grunts from the 1CD dropped out of low-hanging scud when we had the airspace. I was in a "slick" with my squad and a "pink team" consisting of an OH-58 Kiowa and an AH-1G Cobra gunship was leading us into an LZ. The 1CD bird's main rotor hit our scout's fuel tank. The resulting explosion killed the pilots and crew chief in the -58 and five of the 10 men in the 1CD chopper. It was the worst aviation disaster in Ft. Hood's history--and still is as far as I know. The left-seater in our scout bird was from Brownsville, so we provided the funeral detail consisting of our PSG, six pallbearers, a seven-man firing detail and a bugler from the 2AD band. It was one of the saddest funerals I was ever a part of in the military. . . .
Chain of Command CPT Daniel Karis - PL (an OCS guy and UH-1 pilot, he was caught in the RIF and reverted to E-5. Last I heard, he had gone on to serve in Ranger battalions and made CSM)
1LT Adams - PL (replaced Karis; was SF-qualified and said he served in the infamous Det. B-57, which gained notoriety for its rôle in Operation Phoenix in Vietnam)
SFC "Doc" Daugherty - PSG (I ran into him at Fort Carson, CO, when I was a CPT in the 2-34th AR and he was a MSG in the 1-8th IN. He was court-martialed in his 18th year of service for some misconduct that I cannot recall.)
Other Memories D Troop was the armored cav squadron's aviation unit and I served in the aerorifle platoon. We were the only light infantry in the 2d Armd. Div.