After graduating from Vallejo HS I attended Vallejo JC for 3 years (draft status 1A). I was drafted into the Army on Feb 16, 1966 after 1 semester at Sacramento State. The only good news was I met my future and current wife (Lynette Schmierer – Lodi HS class of 1963) at Sac State. After Basic and AIT at Fort Ord, I was selected to attend Engineer Officer Candidate School in Ft. Belvoir, VA. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant and after Jump School at Ft. Benning, GA, was assigned to C Company 326 Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division at, Ft Campbell, KY, as a platoon leader. Deployed to Vietnam, with my unit, when the 2nd and 3rd Brigades of the 101st Airborne Division joined the 1st Brigade in November of 1967.
Returned from Vietnam in November of 1968 and married my beautiful bride, Lynette in Lodi on December 14, 1968. Spent our Honeymoon driving to Ft. Bragg, NC, and completed my service commitment with the 82nd Airborne Division. Returned to California and finally got by BS in Applied Science (Industrial Administration) from Chico State in January 1971. I graduated on a Saturday and started work for Owens Illinois at their glass plant in Oakland the following Monday.
I have worked for OI ever since and have been fortunate to remain in the Bay Area for my entire career with stints in Hayward, Dublin, Pleasanton, Tracy and back to Oakland. I am still working for OI as an Area Packaging Quality Engineer. My job takes me to many wineries, breweries and food processors in Northern CA to resolve any quality issues encountered with OI glass containers.
My wife and I bought our home in San Ramon in 1974 when she was expecting our son David. We are proud of our son and his accomplishments. David graduated from Cooper Union in NYC as an Architect and is now working for Frank Gehry Architects in Southern CA. He has a steady girlfriend but no wedding plans yet. Lynette and I are looking forward to some grandchildren to spoil. We have had a good life together and are looking forward to travel and retirement in a few years.
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