A Brief Biography
I was born and grew up in the Souther Tier of New York state, in the Chenango valley. I was raised in a small city named Norwich by my father, mother and maternal grandmother. I attended St. Paul's Catholic Elementary School; first at the old building on the corner of South Broad St. and Mitchell St., then moved to the school's present location behind the parish church atop the Pleasant St. hill. Starting in ninth grade, I then Norwich High School, pursuing a Regents Diploma. After high school, I attended Broome Technical Community College for a year and a half. In October, I was involved in an accident as a passenger in a vehicle and I was not able to continue my studies. Once I left the academic ranks, Uncle Sam was eager to emply my services and I was drafted. Before I was inducted, I elected to join the U.S. Navy. I made the Navy my career for 23 years, serving as a Cryptologic Technician, Interpretive, in the fields as a Vietnamese and Russian cryptolinguist, an senior interlligence ananalyst and reporter and a cryptographer. I served in five countries outside the U.S.: The Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Viet Nam, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. I also served tours of temporary duty on three aircraft carriers, USS Saratoga, USS John F. Kennedy and USS Nimitz. I also served about USS Albany, USS Texas, and USS Caron. My "stateside" tours were spent at the Presidio of Monterey, CA, Goodfellow AFB, Fort Meade and Fort Devens. I retired as a CTIC (Chief Cryptologic Techician, Interpretive) After I retired from military service, I went back to college, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Russian and East Asian Area Studies, with a minor in Govetnment. While in school, I became disabled from injuries sustained on active duty. Although fairly disabling, I elected to work with veterans, first as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist with the State of Maryland and then as a Veterans Service Representative with the Department of Veteran Affairs. I worked for the VA for about five years until my disability forced me to resign. I then moved to Florida and have become active in volunteering and genealogy.
I was married to the former Pamela Clark-Pelmear in 1970. We separated in September, 1977, and were divorced in February, 1983. I adopted her daughter from her first marriage, Constance Dee, and we had a son in 1973, Matthew Bryon. My daughter has one child, Chelsea, who is now 16. My son and his wife have had two children, Skylar, now 6, and Chase Tanner who is 2. I remain single.