The year was 1970 at Ft.Dix,NJ. I was cadre at a basic training unit FG14 and on the armed forces council at the Trenton,NJ U S O.Our Post Commander MG Howard Cooksey and Mrs.Cooksey were very supportive of the USO,AFC an troop morale.They felt the # 1 thing for off duty personnel to stay out trouble was the USO.We did our level best to keep things active and invitin to troops.For Memorial Day we placed flags on the veterans graves at the N J S V C.It made a lot of people think about our service to our country and making that service something to be remembered by our posterity.That was how I came to be around our post commander and his wife.The General and Mrs.Cooksey were some of the finest people I ever met.Even cut in on the Gen.during his second dance with Ms.Cooksey at the Armed Forces Day Ball.He said he would be back.I told him I was taking her out to the veranda for a moonlite strool.She wanted to know where the veranda was God Bless her...I lived in MD when I was drafted.So knew DC fairly well.The Cookseys asked me to drive for them while they would be in DC 1971.I was quick to take the opportunity.Had the chance to introduce them to my parents.The General and dad talked I dont know how long about there service in Europe during WW 2. While I drove for them it was out of the Pentagon Motor Pool.At that time it was under the River Entrance of the Pentagon.When I didn't have duty for the Gen I volunteered to drive for PMP. I picked up a Cong from MI one day and took him to a funeral at Arlington National Cem.His name was Gerald Ford.Ended up going back for him and took him home.Met his wife.Her name was Betty Ford.Was droping some people at Andrews AFB V I P Terminal and was radioed to pickup at AAFBVIPTERM party of three return to DC The party was Ambassador G H W Bush,Mrs.Bush and LT George W Bush.It was an awesome duty with some outstanding memories.After I etsd in 71 I bummed around the country awhile.Much to my WW 2 vet dads displeasure. Finally I took a civil service test,passed it and interviewed for a job as a motor vehicle operator.The man that interviewed me was the OIC at the PMP when I was there in uniform.MJ Bordon.Most all of the personnel there when it was Army had retired or etsd and went to work there....Talk about double dippers...God bless em..I got the job.A couple years later I was going to ANC on a funeral detail.Was radioed to standby at the Chapel and return party of two named Cooksey. Never dawned on me. After the funeral I was at the vehicle when.You guessed it Gen.and Mrs.Cooksey walked up.It made my day.Little did I know the part they played in my geting the job at the PMP.I said thank you to them then Mrs.Cooksey God Bless Her said NO Gregory the soldier you were and the man you became got you and keeps you your job...They truly were the finest people outside of mom and dad I ever knew...Just a vets memories of the Pentagon in 1970...Welcome Home People....God Bless You And Our Country.
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