Mike served in the Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969, arriving in South Vietnam in February of ‘66 and finally rotating home in March of ‘68 (25 months, four days and approximately 40 minutes, near as he can figure). He was a forward observer with 5th, 4th and 9th Marines until wounded (twice in the same day!) in May of ‘67, after which became an operations chief with 9th Marines Regimental Fire Support Coordination Center (FSCC) and finally the S-3 operations chief with Fox Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines.
Still working on a successful first marriage, Mike and his wife of 27 years have one son, who will start college next year. He suggests that he married well above his station and is thankful that their son takes after his mother.
Generally active and healthy, Mike has written extensively about the war and other subjects which are of interest to him but he hasn’t penned a lot of poetry. To quote Mike, “My work tends to be rather profane; probably not a good mix for general audiences.”