Following my retirement from the United States Marine Corps, I obtained a secondary teaching certification and taught high school for fifteen years. I subsequently worked as a test developer and project director for a major testing development company on behalf of several states, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, and Texas. After full retirement, I worked as a free-lance test writer for three testing development companies.
Throughout my three-decades long military career, I was privileged to work for and with some of the finest Marines ever to don the uniform. Were I to mention them all here, it would take several long pages. Many of these Marines were very senior World War II and Korean War veterans. A few of them became Marines even before the outbreak of war in 1941. They were all good teachers and I am indebted to them, each and every one. Including one with whom I served at Camp Pendleton who I am sure will comment here from time to time, Lieutenant Colonel William C. Curtis–himself a mustang, who served from 1958 to 1990. I can never repay his friendship or his mentorship. And he has the negatives, so I can’t forget that.
In 2004, Mr. George Roper (now deceased) introduced me to web journals. Since then, I have been writing steadily (more or less) and presently author or contribute material to Thoughts From Afar (The Greatest of Men), and Bunkerville. My second-oldest internet friend blogs at Always on Watch.
So … retired but not yet dead. My sporadic posting of late is the result of increased travel to England and Western Europe. This blog looks back into history to discover individuals who were, in their own right, the greatest of men (and women). Readers are invited to comment but I insist on civility.