Numerous local residents have spent time in service to our country in the military. Some joined out of a duty to our county, others were pressed into service through the draft, still others wanted to take advantage of the G.I. Bill. In honor of their service and Armed Forces Day on Saturday, we asked our readers why they served and what they took away from their service.
Below are their responses:
I had joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1990 through Oneonta's recruiting office. I entered the Marine Corps, oddly enough, on Sept. 11. The Gulf War was just about to get serious as I endured boot camp on Parris Island, S.C. The reason I entered the USMC was that I truly wanted to be the best, and the honor of being a United States Marine was a quest to be unrivaled. To be a Marine is something one takes with him through the rest of his life. The self-confidence and physical training proved to be a promising change for the better, as I would face life decisions and it's challenges in a new a confident prospective. As a veteran of Foreign Wars, I honor and respect all my fellow service members in a way only another service member could. Thank you to all military service personnel and God bless all their families.
Terrance Youngs of Portlandville.
Why did I serve? I was doing nothing with my life up to that point, I wanted to be known for something, I wanted to contribute to my community, part of my service was National Guard. What I took away from the service was a deeper appreciation for our Constitution, a special kinship with those who are serving, or did serve regardless of what branch of service or what era in time, that I was not just my father's son, he and I both served (he was World War II, I was in the Persian Gulf war), and experiences I can share with youngsters who wish to join up.