Born and raised in mid-western Chicago, a product of a religious, hard working middle class family. He wanted to become a Medical Doctor in order to fulfill a promise to his grandmother, Mrs Margaret “Margie” Holiday. His life’s dream of being a Naval Doctor was de-railed and side-tracked during his 364 days in the Republic of Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.
As a U.S. Marine Corps Field Medical Corpsman (HM3)he served with pride and distinction, receiving a field promotion and a Purple Heart while ‘in country’. He participated in 11 major offensive combat operations in 1967.
He States; "As A teenage US Marine Corps Corpsman, I left the U.S. for a tour in Southeast Asia in 1966. Those 364 days in Vietnam forever changed My life. Forty years later, at age sixty, I am still fighting... through depression, nightmares, anger and recurring flashbacks with intrusive thoughts. Writing this book has afforded me some degree sanity, with narrow rays of hope, as I continue to struggle with my inner demons. Because, “I can still hear their cries, even in my sleep.”