After retiring from the Army in 1991, I worked part-time at a Radio Shack in the Hampton Mall in Hampton Roads, VA. Moved from VA in 1993 to Gatlinburg, TN and lived and worked about six months for a Chalet Company. Moved from Gatlinburg in June 1993 to Cookeville, TN, and graduated from an Architectural Drafting School in Livingston TN, then moved to Dale Hollow Lake in Pickett County TN where for about ten years I ran my own Professional Photography business and also worked part-time at a local Funeral Home. In 2004, I moved back to Scott County Tennessee where I was born and raised, in Norma to be exact, and for a few years I worked for FOUR OAKS FUNEERAL HOME before finally retiring for good.
Now, I'm loving retirement, and just trying to stay out of trouble!
Best Friends My best friend here was SP4 David Hocking, he was in my Communications Section and he was from Iowa I believe. He introduced me to the Single Side Band Radio, and I purchased this type of radio over the years since.
Worst Moment Worst time I remember about my two years at Fort Know was, when we spent many a day and night out in the woods. My Unit's mission was to support the Armor School. The Officer Students were being trained as Tank Commanders and our Unit provided the Tanks and Maintenance. My job was to keep all the Radio Equipment in the Tanks and other vehicles in working order for them so when they went to the field for I believe 12-15 days each month, we did too.
Chain of Command My NCOIC was a SSG, or SFC, Ortiz, a fine NCO and Professional section leader, always spit-shin in dress, and 100% dedicated to the U. S. Army.
Other Memories February 1972, I returned from my 2nd tour of duty in Vietnam (Jan 1971-Jan 1972) and had Orders for Company C, 5th Battalion, 33rd Armored, Fort Knox, KY, assigned as a "Field Radio Repairman".
June 30, 1973, I was reassigned to HHC, 194th Armored Brigade as a "Senior Radio Mechanic" and remained there until February 1974 when I received Orders for my 2nd assignment in Germany.
I don't remember much about my 2 years at Fort Knox except while there I did attend, and graduate from, the Basic Leadership Course, and the Noncommissioned Officers Academy and Drill Sergeant School.
My job as a "Senior Radio Mechanic" included not only repairing Radio equipment, but I was also in charge of a Section of other Communications personnel.