Military Service

He doesn't talk about it much, but he is a decorated Vietnam veteran



An honorable Veteran
Fighting in the jungle

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Prisoner of War


Fighting in an
unpopular conflict...

This Florida native (his CB handle is "Kracker") lost out on a Presidential appointment to the U.S. Navy's military academy at Annapolis, MD in the summer of his Junior year in high school when it was determined that he was color-blind to pastel colors and could never qualify to fly fighter aircraft. In 1965, just before his 18th birthday, he joined the U.S. Air Force. After extensive training he was originally stationed with the 26th FMS at Ramstein AFB in Germany before being sent TDY (Temporary Duty) to Wheelis Air Force Base in North Lybia and then on to an unpopular conflict in Southeast Asia.

Originally trained in airframe repair and sent to Germany, he was sent to Vietnam in 1966. He was released from his duties in 1967 when the government offered him addition training and thne was sent back to the states and cross-trained in demolitions, hand-to-hand combat, and went through survival, jump, and sniper schools. He was a member of the first 16th SpecOps and stationed at Ubon Royal Thai Airbase in Tailand where he did counter-insurgency work on the Ho Chi Min Trail. His duties and activities are considered classified until the year 2068, but the medals in a desk drawer in his office and the two medallions he carries in his pocket speak volumes. Injured when a parachute failed to open properly and temporarily a "guest" of those he was fighting, he was out of the fighting and government service just in time to welcome New Years Eve 1920 at the Playboy Club in San Francisco .

Dusty receives minimal compensation from the government, but has been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and was exposed to Agent Orange during his service in the jungles of Southeast Asia. In a situation that only the goverment could conceive, the Veteran's Adminsitration's own doctors have certified him as having "exposure to Agent Orange during service in South Vietnam", but he gets no compensation from the VA because his records are classified and they cannot admit that he was ever there as they would be violating the very classified nature of his records.

Dusty doesn't talk about his military service much, he can't due to the classified nature of his activities. However, he is intensly patriotic and loves the country he serves. He is a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. And yes, he does fly the United States Flag in front of his home. Ribbons for some of his medals are at the left.

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