27 AUG 64 – 49 years ago…

26 Aug
Today, August 27th, marks 49 years since leaving the Army.  Three great years — I would say the most interesting 3-year span of my life. I enjoyed the military (should have stayed in), traveled all over Europe, played about 400 “gigs” as a cymbal player and piano player in the band (from small groups to big band) and I met Sylvia, which was my most significant meeting of the last 73 years.
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In those days they were drafting young guys and were sending them to South Korea from our area. I did not want to go to Korea, so as soon as my student deferment expired I enlisted rather than waiting to be drafted. Also in those days, if you signed up you could choose your “theater” — a general location. So I signed up for three years in the European Theater and was sent to the 3rd Armored Division in Frankfurt, West Germany. A year later I transferred to the 24th Infantry Division Band in Augsburg, West Germany.
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August 27th, 1964 — the end of a very special era. August 28th, 1964 – the beginning of 49 fantastic years. My future looks good — I look forward to every day and I try to make the best of every day, although some days are not so hot. But, hot or not, they are days that I am here… that in itself is a major blessing (considering two heart attacks, triple bypass surgery and three stents).  Yes, God is good and Jesus is fantastic…!
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Playing piano with the band in Augsburg – 1964
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