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Greg was born 13 May 1955 at Travis Air Force base, Chyenne, wyoming. He graduated from from Wakefield High School, Arlington, Virginia. Entered naval service on 14 April 1974 and attended boot-camp at Naval Training Center, Orlando, Florida. His first duty assignment was the United States Presidential Ceremonial Guard Unit, stationed in Washington, D.C., where he served on the Arlington Cemetery Burial Unit from July 74 until January 75. Attended YN "A" School at Meridian, Mississippi and graduated in March 75. Received orders and reported aboard the USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835) stationed in Groton, CT, March 75 and worked in the ships office.

The Cecil was home ported at the Groton Submarine Base. Other than tugs that assist the submarines getting underway, we were the only other surface vessel there. The Cecil was assigned to DESRON 28 -a Reserve Destroyer Squadron that had Gearing Class Destroyers stationed all along the Eastern coast. Our mission was to train Navy Reserve Personnel, but most of the time we could not get underway due to one failure after another. And, most of the time if we could get underway, it was usually a short trip due to some mechanical problem. But, we did manage two cruises: one to Charleston, S.C., and one to Miami, Florida.

Life aboard the Cecil in 1975 was not like most of the Association members experienced; she sat at a pier at a Submarine Base where we were not welcome. Going to the Commissary, PX, or even Sick Call was not pleasant while in uniform. We were not welcomed in the clubs on base. But, there was this little club that was about 200 yards from the pier and it couldn't have been more that 50X50, and that is where we went.

We withstood a hurricane that caused us to be anchored out in the Thames River and the eye passed over Bridgeport, Connecticut. Let's just say that it was a little rough, even being in a river.

My best times on the Cecil were when we were underway... and that is the way it should be. But, in my case, since we did not have our full complement, I was assigned as a radar operator. And, to this day I think that was the neatest thing I have ever done; that even beats my retiring as a Master Sergeant from the Army. We had 12 and 12's and I actually looked forward to getting back up to CIC because I liked it so much. I think that I liked it so much because the Navy's entrance exam scores stated that I had not scored high enough to be a Radar Operator.

The Cecil went into a civilian Navy Yard in Boston for numerous repairs. While there I was promoted to YN3, and as I said earlier, I was told that once that happened I would be transferred. Well, let me tell you a little side bar story. Across the pier from us was a Destroyer that had also been in dry-dock and was now sitting at the pier ... the name of the ship was the USS Blandy (DD-943) and that is where I was transferred. Maybe the shortest transfer in Navy history .... I basically walked less than 50 yards to my new ship. Discharged from the U.S. Navy in April 1978 at the Washington Navy Yard.

On 6 December 1981 1 married my wife Rosanne (Rosie). We have no two legged children, but we have a Chihuahua Dachsound mix named Lottie, and a beagle named Ralph. I served with the National Guard for one year, and was given the opportunity to enlist in the United States Army as a Supply Sergeant. I served in several units before retiring on 30 August 1997.

Family issues ultimately led to Rosie's and my moving to Oklahoma City. So, from April until October 2006, I painted, and prepared our home in Baltimore to be sold. On 4 October 2006, our dog Toby and I drove in a U-Haul truck to Oklahoma City. Rosanne would join me three months later after our house was sold. Since arriving to Oklahoma, I have worked with the Disabled American Veterans as a Trained Service Officer at the Oklahoma City Veterans Administration Hospital, and in my current position as a courier with the Oklahoma Blood Institute.