Where do you call home?
Originally New York, but now Manchester.
What conflict(s) do you discuss when volunteering for We Were There?
Vietnam War; Gulf War (Desert Shield/Desert Storm) and Bosnian War (Operation Deliberate Force).
How were you involved in that conflict?
Vietnam War: I served during that time but did not go to Vietnam. Gulf War: I served on the first ship to pull into Kuwait after the hostilities ended, and did some remedial work on the American School. Bosnian War: the ship I served on helped rescue the drowned American Air Force pilot.
How long have you been volunteering for WWT?
About one year.
What do you enjoy most about participating in WWT?
Talking and interacting with children. Also making them understand that the world is a big place with conflicts all over.
Tell us your favourite moment so far during the sessions?
Seeing the different age groups and telling my story, changing the language/tone for the various age groups.
What’s your favourite object in IWM’s collections and why?
For me it would be the AV-8A Harrier Jump Jet – as they flew off the ship I was stationed on. I saw them take off, both on and off land.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Mostly Facebook – sad I know, but I also look after the house and enjoy ocean cruising.
What is your favourite biscuit?
Biscuits with white sauce gravy – in America biscuits are like scones.