MILITARY SERVICE   -  1954 to 1956                          Filmography                                    Radical Films
Pvt. E-2, H Company, 63rd Infantry Division, Ft. Ord, Calif.
The Korean "Conflict" had ended, but the draft continued.  Graduating UCLA in Jan. 1954,  I was conscripted that May.  After surviving 3 months of basic infantry training, I spent 5 months  as a TV writer-director at the Signal Corps HQ at Ft. Monmouth, NJ.  There, while working weekends  in New York as a researcher-writer for a CBS-American Museum of Natural History "Adventure" show  on "Random Genetic Drift," I produced military training epics such as "The Back Pressure - Arm Pull  Method For Treating Electric Shock."  In March 1955, due to being classified as a "Cameraman-Motion Pictures," I was reassigned to Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in the suburbs of Paris.
Bremerhaven Port of Embarkation, German Federal Republic
Steve Wilson, an excellent photographer and one of the five cameramen in our shipment, took this photo after a vomitous 11 day February crossing with 6,000 troops on the USS Eltinge as we were waiting in Bremerhaven for the train to France.

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Paris
I was assigned to the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Photo Division.  This photo was taken when, after having been authorized to handle "Cosmic Top Secret" documents,  I'd read the plans to protect the "Free World" with tactics such as interdicting an anticipated  attack across Northwest Germany by a thousand Soviet tanks by using atomic land mines to create a radioactive death zone from the Baltic to the Alps.  Having been a science-math major at Belmont High and almost majoring in Physics at UCLA (the then-new course in "Astral Navigation" seemed interesting), what little I knew was enough to realize that the "collateral damage" fall-out of such actions would contaminate Germany,  Holland, Belgium, France, et al.  Areas inhabited by some 30 million people would become so radioactive as to be uninhabitable.  To save Europe from Communism we were preparing to destroy it.  In September 1955, after breaking the nose of a drunken sergeant who'd attacked me in the Orderly Room at SHAPE, having demonstrated special ability, I was exiled from France and reassigned to Special Services as an "Entertainment Specialist" at the Bremerhaven Port of Embarkation (BPOE).  There, working nights with the Service Club hostesses, I helped put on dances, invented the "BPOE Theater Society," taught stage design, got the Army to fund my taking soldiers to see cultural masterpieces such as "A Night In Vienna" and "The Merry Widow" at the Bremen State Opera, organized Christmas visits of our soldiers to German homes, and otherwise amused the troops.  In February 1956, accepted as a student for the Doctorate in Social Psychology at the Sorbonne, I was released from active duty 90 days early.  My chief accomplishment during 21 months in the US Army was receiving an honorable discharge despite not having been promoted to even the lowest active duty rank of Private First Class.   I concluded my military career without so much as a single stripe on my shoulder.