MILITARY SERVICE

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 in 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.

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.

COSMIC TOP SECRET

At SHAPE 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 NATO plans to protect the "Free World" by doing such things 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), 
I knew enough to realize that the "collateral damage" fall-out of such actions would contaminate Germany, 
Holland, Belgium, France, et al.  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 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 illustrious military career as an E-2. 

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