Terry was in the Army from 1966 to 1972. He was commissioned through the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School in 1967 and sent to Vietnam as a forward observer and fire direction officer. In Vietnam, he began thinking about EOD when he met some EOD techs and enjoyed their company.
After his tour, while commanding a basic training company at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was recruited into EOD and sent to Indian Head in August, 1970. He commanded the 50th EOD at Granite City, Illinois from 1970 to 1972 . He was released from the Army as part of the Reduction in Force in 1972.
He earned a B.A. in Finance in 1974 and a B.A. in Autobody Technology in 2006. He worked for Consolidated Freightways for 24 years in motor, water, and air transport all over north America, as well as common carrier moves to the rest of the world.
An NRA life member since 1969, he is active in handgun instruction, personal protection, and as a range safety officer. In his retirement, he also enjoys hiking, photography, working on automobiles, tracking down old ghost towns, and camping when he is not renovating or repairing a 111-year-old house he calls home in the historic section of Boise.