I served 24 years on active duty with the United States Army from 1970-1994 and retired as a First Sergeant. My service included two tours in Korea and service in Desert Storm. After retirement, I attended night school on my benefits and earned a BS in History from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2004. In addition, I worked for the Postal Service until Spring 2008, when I retired. I have several areas of interest in history, including the Civil War, Revolutionary War, Army history, military history, and the French and Indian War.