Himalaya: Listen. Learn. Grow.
AE SEA STORIE'S Podcast
John was born in February of 1941 and raised in Flint, Michigan. His was a middle-class family. His father was a musician and a radio disk jockey. His mother wrote short stories and radio scripts. His mother and father had a Sunday afternoon radio program. His mother wrote the scripts, and both parents played the different characters.As a teen, John worked at a gun shop and learned a great deal about weapons, hunting, and shooting. He became an instructor for shooting skeet and trap. John came in second as junior state champion. This training came in handy when he joined the Marines in 1959 after high school.In the Marines, John graduated boot camp with a promotion and sent to Camp Pendleton to work as a small arms repairman. He attended several weapons classes, always finishing in the top ten in his class. John later was assigned to a guard company in Guam. During this tour, John and another marine were involved in a prolonged gunfight with six intruders in a highly restricted area. They captured five of the intruders and the sixth was captured the next day. They were given letters of accommodation for "Prompt and heroic action while in a restricted area." John returned to the states just in time to be deployed to Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Upon his return from Cuba, John was honorably discharged.John spent the next several years working in law enforcement in California.