By: Domenic Gatto
After transferring from the U.S. Naval Reserves, I enrolled as a soldier in the U.S. Army. In 1967, I embarked on a mission to serve my country in the Vietnam conflict. Over the next few years, I fought alongside my fellow soldiers. My military training while enlisted includes basic training, advanced infantry training, jump school, and eventually paratrooper training. I also enrolled in a non-commissioned officers training course at the U.S. Army Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia. This school educates several different brigades and battalions on proper use of equipment and basic and advanced combat and individual training.
I graduated as a Sergeant from my training courses. While in Vietnam, I put the skills I learned throughout my formal training to use. I was eventually honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in March 1969, after being wounded in the line of duty. In the next few years, I started taking the necessary steps that would start my professional career. The leadership qualities and traits I learned through the U.S. Army provided me with the tools I needed to be successful in my years of service, and I will never forget the men who fought with me in Vietnam. Many war heroes were lost during the conflict, and I am proud of my involvement with the military during these trying years.