What are you doing now: I was a Asst Mgr of McDonalds Pittsburgh Pa. Actually the snitch for the Big Mac. Long Story goes with this. Also drove for Purolator Courior Corp. Had routes in Pittsburgh where
I would put 89 miles a day in the city. Then I got a route where I drove to Cleveland 5 nights a week. I liked that route the best. I could harass the Cleveland Brown and Indian Fans because I was from Pittsburgh. I did that for about 2 years. Oh yes, 3 Snow belts on the way up and 3 snow belts on the way home. Guess you have to love snow LOL.
I married my wife Donna in May 9th,1970. We actually started dating in 1964, (9th Grade). Today, we have a daughter Tracey, born at Dover AFB) & 2 sons Jason & Sean, both served in U S Army. Today they each have 2 kids each. It's great being Grandparents.
I also served 18 years with the Big Knob Vol Fire Dept. Worked for Community Ambulance in Aliquippa for about 5 years in the 80's.
I recently retired from Horsehead Corporation as a Bricklayer 32 years of service.
I was formally the Newsletter Editor & Secretary for Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862 here in Beaver County Pa. Gave it up after 17 years.
Presently I am the Webmaster and SPOC. (Single Point of Contact)
We are the largest VVA chapter in Pennsylvania and the 3rd largest in the US, and we only started this chapter in 2000.In june of 2010 I was voted in as VVA Pa State Council - Secretary
I also volunteer at the VA Clinic in Cranberry Twp. on Tuesdays from 8:00 AM till 12:00 PM.
I just took over our Chapter Web Site as Webmaster. Check it out http://www.vva862.org"All New"
Other Comments: I DJ'd for about 25 years commonly known as "Lee's Oldies Express" retiring from that in 1995.
I sang Bass in 2 different Barbershop Quartets. "Sweetwater Celebration" from the Sewickley and North Hills area of Pittsburgh & " A Special Blend" here in Beaver County PA. Retired from that around 1985.
I also am a "Ham Radio Operator and hold a "Extra Class" license with the callsign N3IAL since the mid 80's.
Same time period, I Played in an over 30 Indoor Soccer League along with refering and coaching Youth Soccer wih FAST = "Freedom Area Soccer Teams". Ended up being the PA West Soccer Association West District Registrar.
I have been singing since I was 8 years old. Locally I sing either the National Anthem, God Bless America & "God Bless the USA" . When I go to our C7-A Reunions, I always sing "God Bless The USA" for the closing ceremonies. As of Sept 2010, I've got to sing at Pegion Forge Tn in 2006, 2007 in San Antonio Tx, 2008 at Wright Patt Air Force Museum (this was the best I ever sounded) and this years 2010 at Macon Ga.
I do have a Grandson, Jordan Escamilla, now in his 4th year at the Air Force Academy who is planning on flying either the F-22 or F-35's or maybe Helicopters, who know in todays Air Force. Heck he may even end up in a C 17. You never know. He has participated with the Air Force Drum & Bugle Band and also did filming with the Air Force Football Team while at the Academy.
I can't wait to see how his career goes from here. When he graduates from the Academy in 2020, he wants me to put his "Butter Bars" on him. I can't wait. Unfortunately, with this Coronavirus, this may all change. We may not be going out for graduation at all.
My wife Donna and I are very proud of Jordan as he begins to serve his country.
Best Moment Getting the oportunity to fly with my plane C7-A # 27-171 on a volunteer basis. I was getting No Hazerdous Duty, or Flight Pay. They just let me tag along. I received "Airmen of the Year" and "Crew Chief of the Month" for my plane having the least amount of write ups in 1969. Citations are in my folder.
Worst Moment Going out and assisting with Engine changes on C7-A's in the middle of the night with flashlights.Bein Hoa Air Base comes to mind. We landed in Camp BuPrang on the DMZ one day after being led in by an A1E Skyraider dropping smoke, and then we followed a B-52 right behind the A1E. Needless to say, we were on the ground 1min & 45 sec's before taking off. Pretty exciting while it was happeneing.
Other Memories Capt Christ at the time was an IP. He actually let me fly the plane while giving the Co-pilot 1st LT Dwight Jones one of his tests in flight.I really never thought I would ever have this oportunity, Thats why I remembered the names of the Pilot & Co-Pilot.