Thomas A. Hunt

U.S. Army 1954–1956

While lying in bed at night, Thomas Hunt would hear squadrons of bombers fly over his home in New Canaan, Conn., and knew the types of planes from the engine sounds they made. This is just one of the stories Tom recollects about his boyhood days before and during World War II. He talks about his brother, Bob, who served in the Marines and was wounded at Okinawa, and about his own experiences serving the U.S. Army in West Germany during the Cold War in the 1950s.

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Dan Hubbard

U.S. Army 1956–1960
U.S. Marine Corps 1960–1980

 

Dan Hubbard was born and raised in West Virginia. He served four years in the Army from 1957-61, went back to civilian life and decided it wasn’t for him. So he joined the Marines. Dan talks about his 20-plus year military career in both branches, including his two tours in Vietnam. Dan also talks about the way the military was treated by the media and the public in the 1960s.

 

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Jennifer Holey

U.S. Army 1994–2002

Jennifer Holey entered the Army Nurse Corps after graduating from Texas Christian University, where she was a member of ROTC. Her eight-year career in the Army included six months in Haiti as an ER nurse at a United Nations facility in Port-au-Prince. She described her experiences there in her self-published memoir, “Cinderella, The Church and a Crazy Lady”.

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Joseph J. Gallick

U.S. Army 1986–2009

In 1997, U.S. Army Chaplain Corp member, Joseph J. Gallick Jr., stepped down from active duty, when he became the priest at the Albanian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Natick, MA. During this time, he also was attached to units in Londonderry, NH and Hanscom Air Force Base. Prior to his time in Natick, Gallick had stints in Fort Carson, Colorado, and Hanau, Germany, where he spent three years in 1990-1993. He also spent time in the Persian Gulf, arriving just as the first war was starting. While his unit was never deployed, he helped prepare other units for deployment, and recalled, he would often be the last person to say good-bye, wishing the men and women a safe return. He was with the 655th ASG in Fort Drum, NY, when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. He spent a month in Afghanistan (January-February 2005), as the military needed an Orthodox Priest to conduct services for the units. He retired in 2009 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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William Gallagher

U.S. Army 1968–1970

William Gallagher enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965 and served in the Air Police at Otis Air Force Base and in West Germany and was discharged in 1968. He then volunteered for the Army and was sent to Vietnam where he was assigned to the Civil Actions Office which was responsible for distributing donated goods to civilians. Fracturing his hand near the end of his tour, he went to the 106th General Hospital where he saw “the real wounded.” Gallagher provides graphic descriptions of his experiences in Vietnam, which has served as a source for his poetry. He reads two of his poems, “Self-pity,” and “The Wall” which he read at the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall when it was in Natick in June 2011.

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Albert C. DelMonte

U.S. Army 1955–1956

Born in Newton, Al DelMonte grew up during World War II. He remembers food rationing, blackouts and “gasless Sundays.” After high school graduation in 1952, he worked in the local A&P until he was drafted into the US Army in 1955 and was trained in fire direction and then transported to Korea. Assigned to Baker Battalion, 7th Division Artillery, DelMonte was sent to Munsan, five miles south of the DMZ, where he became part of an eight-man unit manning a Howitzer aimed at Panmunjom, North Korea, 12 miles away. Living conditions were rough, living in tents and then a bunker dug into the side of a hill. Time passed relatively quickly until he returned to California in July 1956 and was discharged the following month. Mr. DelMonte ended his interview with the remarks that the Army taught him discipline and respect for everything.

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Thomas W. Crosby, Jr.

U.S. Army 1967–1971

Finishing graduate school and the Peace Corps, Tom Crosby was given a choice between going for his PhD, or the service. Twenty-four year old Tom chose the Army specifically the Army Security Agency, responsible for intelligence gathering and the security of Army communications. At Arlington Hall Station, famous for CIA, NSA and other intelligence groups, Tom worked in personnel and the comptroller’s office. He was an early adopter of computer technology. He was then sent to Vietnam with the 509th Radio Research Group and stationed outside of Saigon at Davis Station, updating the computer system.

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