I retired (US Army Reserve) in August 1992 with eleven years of active duty (eight overseas in Korea, Okinawa, Vietnam, and Germany) and seventeen years in the Reserves in units in Germany, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.
I also served as a Department of the Army Civilian from December 1975 to April 2001 in Germany and at Fort McPherson, Georgia.
While serving in the Third US Army (USARCENT) as a civilian, I was deployed to Saudi Arabia twice; once for Operation Desert Storm and once for Operation Vigilant Warrior.
My father, his brother, and my grandfather, all served during World War II. Dad and my uncle were both Marines and my grandfather was in the Army Air Corps.
My uncle went into the Army after World War II and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and also got three Purple Hearts in the Korean War. He would later get two more Purple Hearts in Vietnam.
I can trace family members in conflicts in America back to King Philip's War.