Lilacs & Greensleeves: Veterans Spotlight; Richard Wisdom & Fred Bennett
In the spirit of honoring all Veterans, this month we want to feature two of our representatives who served in the U.S. Armed Forces! Thank you Richard Wisdom and Fred Bennett so very much for your service!
Meet Richard Wisdom:
Service: 1986-1990 U.S. Navy
Richard served as a Deck Hand, checking the injection seat before flight. The Constellation was the ship on which he served where he traveled to Australia. (6 months out, 6 months in.) He proudly comes from a military family with his Dad having served in the Army and his Uncle who served in the Air Force!
Richard is married (1990) . He and his wife have two children and two grandchildren. He is the owner of his own garage door business.
Thank you for your service, Richard! Well done!
Meet Fred Bennett:
Following in the proud military tradition of his father, who was a “Navy man,” Fred enlisted in the air force at the age of 19 directly after his high school graduation in Detroit Michigan. He enlisted with 3 high school buddies hoping to stay together. However the air force had other plans and the foursome was separated, all landing in different military bases across the country.
Fred was assigned to Blytheville AFB just outside Blytheville, AR where he proudly served as a member of the military police for the next 3.5 years. The base, located between St. Louis and Memphis, was originally opened in 1942 as an army airfield and advanced flying school. With the end of the Korean War, the base maintained a small flight program, but was used primarily to process military members being discharged. At any given time, there were close to 33,000 men and women on the base – With our Fred as a member of one of the “Peace keeping, security team.” Fred not only provided security for the enlisted personnel, but also for the overall security of base operations.
Congratulations Fred, well done!