I'm a seventy-one year old amateur singer/songwriter, convert in The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints (i.e., the "Mormon" church), and a disabled war veteran, having served two full years (I volunteered twice to extend my normal tour of duty) in the old Republic of Viet Nam, from Saigon to the DMZ with the 1st Signal Brigade, the 1st Logistical Command, and the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) "Screaming Eagles" of the United States Army.
While I was a soldier, I also visited Japan, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, and Israel, with stops in India, Greece, and Ireland, and at one point, actually circled completely around the globe.
Currently living alone in Vernal, Utah, I seldom leave my apartment, due to my declining health, but when I'm able to, I enjoy watching and/or riding on railroad trains, creating homemade amateur video recordings of railroad trains, and I love driving my four wheel drive pickup truck through these rugged mountains and the high desert of the Great American West.
In 1953, when I was seven years old, Mama, my two little sisters, and I rode the train from Owensboro, Kentucky to Chicago, Illinois, where we took the Milwaukee Road "Hiawatha Olympia" to Seattle, Washington.
From there, we sailed to Yokohama, Japan, to meet with Daddy, who was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, stationed at Ashiya Air Force Base, and we took the train, pulled by a steam locomotive, to Ashiya, on the island of Kyushu.
When I was fifteen years old, I ran away from home in El Paso, Texas, and rode in a boxcar with some Mexicans on a Southern Pacific "hotshot" freight train to San Antonio.
As a soldier in the United States Army, I rode a troop train from Frankfort to Kaiserslautern.
When in Japan on a Rest and Recuperation leave from the war in the old Republic of Viet Nam, I rode the "Bullet Train" from Osaka to Tokyo, which at that time, was the fastest train in the World.
One Sunday, while stationed at Won Ju in the Republic of Korea, I rode the train to Seoul, just for the experience, even though taking the bus was actually faster.
After my service in the United States Army, on several occasions, I traveled between Salt Lake City, Utah and Fayetteville, North Carolina on the Amtrak "California Zephyr", the "Capitol Limited", and the "Silver Meteor".
If anyone is interested, I have numerous homemade amateur video recordings posted at the You Tube web site, of me performing original songs that I composed, as well as favorite songs that other people wrote.