I enlisted in Sioux Falls,South Dakota. The doctor who did my physical didn't speak English very well. 20 years later the same doctor did my exit physical. Funny story when I enlisted, I was 17. He said,"do you have acme?" "Acme?" ACME,ACME! Do you have acme? Take off your shorts." I started to take take off my pants. "Your shorts! Your shorts. Take off your shorts!" He was tugging at his shirt. "Oh! Shirt!" I took my shirt off. He said,"you have acme over whole body." "Oh! Acne!...I don't have acne." I could barely understand that guy. 20 years later his English wasn't any better.
Los Angeles Meps, but I really don't remember much except the following: I was supposed to go in as a air traffic controller, long story short, I could not. They were asking me if I like this or that, military terminology was all a foreign to me. I snatched the paper they were looking at, of jobs I qualified for. I seen a job with a $5000 bonus. I asked the Meps SFC what this Infantry was. He smiled and asked if I liked the outdoors, I said yes, I like the outdoors. he then asked me if I liked camping, I said Yes I Love camping. He said good, you'll love the Infantry. That Meps recruiting SFC may not ever know what a service he did for this young teenager out of East Los Angeles, he did me a BIG Favor. I LOVED the INFANTRY. I always remember that day as a blessing in my life. I do not think that I would have served for 20 years if I was not in the Infantry. Thank You! The Infantry made me the successful Grunt and man that I am today.
My twin brother and I were sworn in at Fort Hamilton, New York in November, 1969 and then shipped off to Fort Gordon, Georgia where we were housed in cinderblock buildings that were used by German POW's during WWII! The MEPS is still there, we were down there a few months ago! Next time we are in NY, we will have to stop in.
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