Today is "VETERAN'S DAY. The day set aside each year to honor our United States Veterans. They selflessly give thier all to serve and protect our great country of the United States of America. Each veteran has a story to tell, ask them thiers. Here is a portion of mine as told at a Veteran's Day assembly at the Deerfield High School a few years ago.
My name is Doug Strasburg. I was born in Watertown on April 1st, 1947 and raised in Lake Mills until my junior year of high school when we moved to Rhinelander where I graduated in 1965. I joined the United States Army on January 30, 1966 and was honorably discharged from active duty on February 4, 1969. I received basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and advanced training on heavy equipment operation and maintenance at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. I was trained to operate graders, bulldozers, articulating bucket loaders and such. We learned how to build bridges and roads.
In March of 1967 I boarded the General Nelson M. Walker troop ship docked in San Francisco Bay bound for Viet Nam along with a few thousand others. While crossing the Pacific Ocean from east to west, you cross the International Date Line and loose a day. I went to bed on March 31st and woke the next morning on April 2nd. Remember my birthday? ……….April 1st……. I missed my 20th birthday. It gets even more interesting. During WWII, my father was shipped to the Philippine Islands, crossed the International Date Line ……you guessed it, on his birthday and lost a birthday. I can’t imagine the odds of that happening.