Of The GI Bill
Upon graduation from high school at the ending of World War II, I enlisted
in the army primarily to benefit from the benefits of the GI Bill, but
more importantly to see if military training could produce in me the
long hoped for physical development. There was some early development,
but it was not enough.
When I attempted to be accepted for paratrooper training, I was rejected
on physical grounds. I continued in the service and rapidly rose to
be Sergeant Major for the Japanese island of Kyushu in the occupation
army days. In that duty the authorities recorded me as a soldier with
extreme patriotism, and that notice was to earn me future duty, which
duty was to develop my physique.
I did not know that at the time, however. I was discharged from the
Regular Army, but immediately enlisted in the Army Reserve and returned
to active duty. During that duty, the same authorities that had noted
my patriotism indicated that I should enter the army's cryptographic
school to learn that skill, and I did. After finishing the cryptographic
training, it was further indicated to me that I should leave active
duty and pursue my own announced desire to graduate from college and
seminary to become an ordained clergyman. I did so.