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Grandpa                 Brief Biography

Grandpa was born in Hondo, Texas on November 24, 1947. I have five sisters and one brother. We were a rather nomadic family and moved from town to town but my earliest childhood memories belonged in a town named Three Rivers ... for obvious reasons (there were three rivers). When I was about 11 we all moved to the town of Wolfe City, Texas which at that time had about 1,800 people. I attended Wolfe City schools from fifth grade through the eleventh grade. I married when I was 16 years old and my wife and I moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, to Lafayette, Louisiana then back to Wolfe City. I scrounged around for work anywhere I could find it. Jobs were plentiful back then ... they just didn't pay much, especially if you had no skills to offer. We had a son in 1965, named Perry, and my wife and I divorced by the time we were both 19 years old. This was during the Vietnam era. My draft classification promptly went from married with a child to 1A which meant, "you're on your way to Vietnam buddy!" I got my draft notice right away and joined the Navy. After 13 weeks of boot camp in San Diego, California I went to an electricians mate school and after that I received orders to go to Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam. After a year in Vietnam I was sent to Charleston, South Carolina to be stationed on the submarine tender USS Hunley, AS-31.Upon my discharge in 1971 I worked for an electric motor rewind shop in Dallas, Texas and attended El Centro Jr. College using my GI Bill. I married again in 1972 and we moved to Denton, Texas so I could pursue my bachelors degree at North Texas State University. The name has since changed to the University of North Texas. I received my degree in foreign languages with Spanish as a major. My wife's father had been tragically killed in a car wreck in 1974 and a year after graduation we bought some land in Oklahoma which belonged to her mother and father. We moved to Oklahoma in 1976 and had a son named Matthew in 1978 and another son, James, in 1981. After 21 years of marriage I again divorced. I worked for General Motors Corporation in Oklahoma City and had 27 years credited service when I retired in 2006. I have been married for the past ten years to the loveliest of ladies whose name is Tatyana. She is from Rostov-na-Donu, Russia. I call her Tanya. She had two daughters named Ksenia and Vera. They were 8 and 11 when they came to America. Tanya was a lawyer in Russia and she is now a registered respiratory therapist. I will tell about each of my kids in another area. Now that is 59 years of life in a nutshell.
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