Dragonfly Alpha 3

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Dragonfly Alpha 3

Location: Carosucan Norte, Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines

Member Since: January 2012

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I was born and raised in New York City. Left home when I was 18 years old and joined the US Navy. After Boot Camp I was sent to Electricity and Electronic School where I earned my Associates Degree in Electrical Technology. I then served my time with the Navy in Vietnam. My first tour, was as a member of a reaction force, in country Vietnam. My second tour was as the Boat Captain of an Alpha Boat, part of the MRF (Mobile Riverine Force) on the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam. During my time in the Navy I became a Certified Diver and received my Wings for Parachuting. 

When I came out of the Navy I went to work for a Electrical Systems Design Company. The owner of the company financed the completion of my education and I acheived my Electrical Engineering Degree. I went on to become a Electrical Systems Design Engineer, designing the electrical controls for special effect lighting for Rock and Roll Bands, Broadway shows, TV Game shows, Movies and Trade Shows. I did this for ten years. When the company was closed because the owner retired, he introduced me to the owner of Berk University and I took a position to teach Electricity. Taught Electricity in New York City for 14 years. 

Having placed my resume on the, "Jobnet", I received an inventation to interview for a position to teach Electrical Physics at Aramco University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I answered the invitation and subsequently was given the position. I taught Electrical Physics at Aramco University in Jeddah, saudi Arabia for 16 years. I then retired.

My wife is a Filipina, we have been married for many years. We have two children, a Son, who is a Nurse, and a Daughter who got married and  is the mother of our five Grand Children. When it was coming to the realization that I was going to retire, we decided that we wanted to retire in the Philippines. We build our home, "Two Winds Estate" in Carosucan Norte which is a seven hour drive north of Manila. We live up in the jungles of the, Carabalolo Mountain Range where the Milkyway is still visible at night.

Everyone who has ever know me have always said that I needed to write a book about my exploits while in Vietnam and my life after. I agreed with them but as a Teacher, never had the time to really sit and get involved with the requirements of putting information together to write a book. Being retired changed all that. When you retire, time no longer controls you. You now control time. Matter of fact, when you retire, time has no meaning. So, over the past year, I wrote my book.

I am very involved with the Martial Arts. I started studying when I was 14 years old. I was so very lucky to have met Sensei Lee Chung when I was in Taiwan. He honed my skills and brought me to the level of 3rd Dan Kempo (3rd Degree Black Belt). A friend (who was a 1st Degree Black Belt in American Combat and had dabbled in Tai Chi for many years) and I developed a style we called, Hammer Hand Karate. Now that I am retired and have all this time to enjoy myself, I have started teaching Hammer Hand Karate here in Carosucan Norte. Having a lot of fun with it and keeping myself fuctional. I am a very big man, very powerful, but at the same time understand the importance of loving my wife with all I am and never forgetting the little things in life that give all the big things meaning.

I am now 63 years old, however in just a few more days I will reach my 64th Birthday. What did my Mom always say? "You may be getting older but you refuse to grow up." My life has taken me from here to there and back again which just happens to be the name of my book. "From here to there and back again".





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