I enlisted in the Army in October 1959 after graduating from Lima Senior High School. I was assigned to a Nike Ajax Missle site in Davisville, R.I. These missles were the first operational surface-to-air guided missles. Their flight was able to be controlled by people on the ground, and their three warheads apiece were detonated only after people were certain the right target was reached. The Nike Ajax missles were replaced by improved missles in 1963.I spent almost two years at this site before being transferred to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.I received an honorable discharge in October 1962.
Serving our country stateside