Just ahead of a draft notice, David joined the Army in December, 1968. During basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, he changed his enlistment option from the Army Security Agency to EOD. Ironically, after graduating from Indian Head in the fall of 1969, he was assigned to the 63rd EOD at Fort Leonard Wood where he had been recruited into EOD. After phase II training at Indian Head in the summer of 1970, he received orders for South Vietnam.
He served at the 133rd Ord Det at Chu Lai and the 43rd EOD at Long Binh before leaving for home and in 1971. After his last assignment with the 50th EOD at Granite City Army Depot, he took advantage of a six-month “early-out” offer to attend college in June, 1972.
He received his B.A. from St Louis University with a major in business and accounting and later specialized in tax. He and his partner own an accounting and tax firm with two offices in St. Louis, Missouri.
With the intent of finding lost friends from the Army and Vietnam, he and a lately-departed friend and joined the NATEODA in 2012. He was elected as the Association treasurer in 2016 because of my business background. He’s proud to say, “Still here today.”