In this interview, we talk to Joseph Daniel, Command Sergeant Major (retired), US Army.
In 1968, at age 17, Joseph enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served 8 years in the infantry, and then in the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam. He then was a part of the 3rd Marine Amphibious Force Combined Action Program (CAP Marines), before being transferred to Parris Island. There, he spent 2 years training new recruits as the primary marksmanship instructor.
In 1972, Joseph returned to the 3rd Marine Division. He then came back the the US, where he trained Marine Corps Reserves in Pennsylvania for 2 and a half years. After this, he returned home to Mobile, AL and joined the Alabama Army National Guard in 1976.
In 1989, Joseph was promoted to Master Sergeant upon being deployed to the Middle East for active duty during Desert Storm. He was active for 10 months there. Then, he was again activated for duty in 2003 for operation "Enduring Freedom" (later renamed "Iraqi Freedom"). He was deployed to Kuwait and southern Iraq, serving almost 16 months in active duty. Finally in June of 2006, Joseph retired from the military.
Listen as Joseph shares with us some stories of his adventures throughout his career.