I saw a play, “Fiddler on the Roof”, visited Stratford on Avon, and other London sights before riding the ferry across the channel and taking the train to Paris. I rode the subway a lot in both London and Paris.
I took my return journey through Paris and London, flew to Philadelphia, visited the folks in Akron, flew thru Anchorage, Hawaii, Cam Ranh Bay, and back to Don Duong in Vietnam. After a few more months there, I spent my last couple months at Phu Bai near the ancient imperial capital of Hue.
I spent the last nine months of my military career at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, in charge of an engineering heavy equipment training company. We trained operators for forklifts, road graders, bulldozers, and earth movers. I also took a drafting course. I attended church at Springfield several times and renewed old acquaintances. I started orthodontic treatments at Springfield, and then continued the treatments at the Fort Leonard Wood hospital after learning that they had a resident orthodontist.
Very shortly after buying the motorcycle, I rode it on a trip to Akron to visit my folks. Mom and Ken had returned to Akron for a supposed visit a year or two after I came to SMS, but we all knew that she had no intention of returning to Dad in Licking. Mel was also off at college. Dad returned to Akron sometime later, and they eventually reconciled. I remember lots of back pains between my shoulder blades on that long motorcycle ride. While in Akron I visited some relatives, and gave some young ones a ride on the motorcycle.
I want with a Church group to the dedication of the Independence Missouri Visitor's Center. It threaten to rain, but stopped during the outdoor part of the program, then resumed afterwards. They had some wonderful pictures inside. I got to meet Elder Mark E. Peterson and his wife. He was an Apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I enjoyed acting and had some small parts in a couple of the Licking High School plays. The speech teacher was the director. I enjoyed his speech class and the dramatic interpretation class that I later took at Southwest Missouri State College (SMS).
(Ken and Garrett Merrick at home doing school work)