Where did you serve and what did you do?
Past service as president of the Solano County Chapter, MOAA; Surgeon General, Commander of the San Francisco Commandery, and founding Commander of the Continental Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States; Vallejo, CA Architectural Heritage and Landmarks Commission. Former chair of the FLTADM Nimitz Chapter of AUSN.
How are you #StillServing?
Present service as Assistant Treasurer – Ship’s Store Manager, Naval Order; National History Day coordinator for the San Francisco Commandery, NOUS; member, Solano County Historic Records Commission. Founder and Executive Director of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine, the mission of which is to promote scholarship in the history of maritime medicine. Researcher and frequent lecturer on the history of the navy’s first west coast hospital on the former Mare Island Naval Ship Yard, and on other military medical history topics.
At the invitation of the Karl H Kreh Post 1123, I gave my city’s Memorial Day speech in 2019. Every day, I make it a point to put on a Vietnam Service pin; I do so because I served there, but more, to honor the memory of the nearly 59,000 service personnel who died there. I chair my (Albany, NY) medical school’s military affinity group, the Base Hospital No 33 Society to engage alumni with previous service and to support current Health Professions Scholarship students. I’ve been a motivating force behind the establishment of a similar group at my undergrad school, Lafayette College. I’m a past president and current RI Foundation chair of the Rotary Club of Solano Sunset.
Why do you do it?
I do it to honor the good people who served and serve in our uniformed services, and to promote the history of the same. And to pay back to the community that has given me and my family a very good life.