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While in college, the Korean War began and the authorities insured that I was not recalled to duty in that conflict. Upon graduating from Penn State University with a BA in English and graduation from General Theological Seminary with an STM, I went on to serve the church-required two years in a civilian parish. My being recalled to Regular Army service as a chaplain marked the completion of those years.
A brief period of 'testing' as chaplain to a special Infantry battalion preceded my assignment to the 101st Airborne Division where I qualified as a paratrooper, became a member of the Army's elite STRAC Force, and received specialized training in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the Special Forces.
The needs of my future assignment for a greatly improved physique were met in those assignments. At last I had begun to move toward the physique wanted all my life.