I had heard stories of my grandfather in World War I. My father and his brothers served in World War II; one of them did not return. My uncle on my mother's side did three tours in Vietnam. My poor father had five daughters. I joined the Army in October 1974 and got out in February 1978.
Durning my enlistment I was the first and only airborne female at Fort Lewis, Wash. I was the first military female to jump into Alaska and Panama.
Three of my four children joined. In 2004 my twin daughters were in Iraq. They were both diesel mechanics. My oldest daughter was a Patriot missile technician in Korea. In 2006 the twins were in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Army gave us all a great start in life, and I am proud of my family and their service.