Committees: Programs Committee
I began my Marine Corps enlistment on 13 September 1967 training at MCRD, San Diego, CA. Graduated with an MOS of 0311 and went on to BITS then on ITR at Camp Pendleton, CA. Next stop was Scout Sniper School, also at Camp Pendleton and graduated with an expert badge.
I arrived in Vietnam in March of 1968 and was assigned to Headquarters' Company, 1 SI Battalion Seventh Marine Regiment as a scout sniper. In April 1968 I attended a three week Vietnamese language school and was reassigned back to HQ 117 as an S2 scout snIper.
Wounded on 10 August 1968, gun shot right hip, on Charlie Ridge. Spent four months in the hospital in Japan and then reassigned to lSI Recon Battalion, Delta Company as the team leader of "Grim Reaper".
I then rotated back to CONUS and received orders to report to Marine Barracks, 81h and I, Washington D. C. where I was assigned to Guard Company. I had the distinct pleasure of serving with the likes of Capt. Jim Jones, 1st Lt. Peter Pace, 1st Lt. J. Thomas Eslinger and 1 sl Sergeant Leland Crawford (91h Sgt Major of the Marine Corps). I received one t.
"Marine ofthe Month" award and two meritorious masts. The first from Col. Paul Graham and the second from Lt. Col. Toomey.
I was discharged on 13 September 1971 with the following decorations; Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Civic Action, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/palm, Vietnam Service with 4 bronze stars, National Defense, Good Conduct, Meritorious Unit Citation with I bronze star, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action, Purple Heart and rifle expert badge.
Over the years since my discharge I was directly involved in the start up of four companies. Mosel Limited Builders and Developers, White Oak Farms, Spectrum Manufacturing and Applied Medical Solutions. I am quite proud to say that three of the four business's are still going strong after 33 years. Along the way I have had the honor of serving on many boards and associations.
It should be noted, Les, that Spectrum Industries began it's manufacturing operations in 1983 with three of us. At that time we had no facility, machinery, product lines or staff.
Today we have 8 acres under roof, we have developed over 3,500 products and employ nearly 300 families. We are ranked 2251h of the top 300 furniture manufacturers in North America. As of late we have received both the General Services Administration's "Green Award" and the State of Wisconsin's "Federal Manufacturer of the Year" award.
Past and current association history
Chippewa Valley Home Builders Assn., BOD
Past President, Chippewa Valley Home Builders Assn.
Wisconsin Home Builders Assn. BOD
Eau Claire Youth Hockey, BOD.
University of Wisconsin, Center Ice Club Foundation, past President and BOD
FGDLA, Federal Government Distance Learning Assn. BOD and Board of Advisors
AT A, American Telemedicine Assn. Circle Member
Member of the 1 st Recon Battilion Assn.
Life member 1 st Marine Division Assn.
Member Post 305 VFW
I most certainly hope this gives you a bit more information than you currently have, General Palm. As I noted earlier, if there are areas that require additional information please do not hesitate to call me and I will accommodate you in any way I can. It is my most sincere desire to give back to the Marine Corps who contributed so much to my survival on the battle field and my success as a business man. You more than anyone know exactly what I am talking about! Discipline, attention to detail, faithful and above all courage.