The Bryan Times,

Sunday was the 30th annual National Memorial Day Concert. I am proud to have served as an E-5 Army bandsman from 1970-73. The first of my tours of duty was Fort Devans, in Arye, Massachusetts. The Fort Devans band played gigs in celebration of the many towns that celebrated their New England Bicentennials prior to the National Bicentennial in 1976. After a year, I received orders for Vietnam. When I checked in at Oakland, California, my orders were changed to Fort Shafter, next to Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii.

I feel guilt when I claim to be a Vietnam Era veteran but never saw combat. On the other hand, I am grateful for my three years in the U.S. Army as a bandsman. I would like to thank The Bryan Times for sponsoring military musical organizations here in Bryan.

Ed Clinker


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