Rest of the Story

In the inimitable words of the legendary radio commentator Paul Harvey, here is the rest of the story.

No, it won’t be everything you didn’t want to know about me, but a little about me and my life if you are interested.

My name is Rich and I live in Columbia, SC. I grew up in Liberty, SC, which is in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. In June, 1974, twenty days after I graduated high school, I joined the US Navy. I couldn’t wait to get out of South Carolina.

Serving in the navy allowed me to travel all over the world. I trained in Orlando, FL and Great Lakes, IL (just north of Chicago). I served aboard two ships in Norfolk, VA. During those tours, I visited the US Virgin Islands (St. Croix was my favorite), Iran (pre-Ayatollah), Pakistan, Kenya, Seychelles Islands, Israel, and Australia. I transited the Suez Canal several times. After my second sea tour, I transferred to Washington, DC, where I met my wife. I later transferred to Japan, where I served for seven years. I completed my naval career in New Orleans, Louisiana. After I retired in 1993, we returned to SC, eventually settling in Columbia in 1995.

Since then, I have worked stints in the corporate world and state government. I served over seven years as a career firefighter for the Columbia Fire Department. I currently work for the US government. I have been married to the same wonderful woman for over thirty years. We have raised three terrific sons.

Here is a favorite quote; from Shakespeare’s Henry V, paraphrased by Carwood Lipton in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers:

And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remember’d; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition: And gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

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