Name: Gary Moody
Branch: Armed Forces & Transportation Corps
Age Joined: I graduated high school in May 1966 and turned 18 in June. The day after my 18th birthday I left for basic training at Fort Jackson South Carolina.
Rank: Specialist 4th class
Years Served: 3 years, 7 months
What made you want to serve our country?
Legacy, tradition, and patriotism. The men in my family had always served and I looked up to them. I wanted to carry on the family custom and support the pride we have for our country.
What advice would you give someone looking to go into the military?
Make this decision for the right reasons. It’s not something you want to rush into. It requires strong will, dedication, discipline, and a strong admiration for your country.
What is your favorite quote?
I believe in taking action and not standing idly by. It was Patrick Henry who declared “But as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Did you make any close friendships while in the service? Did you continue any of those relationships?
While you’re there you are close like family, like a band of brothers.
Did you continue any of those relationships?
What was the best and worst ‘military’ food you were served, and why?
Worst would have to be the artificial milk. It all was edible but I can’t remember anything I would consider the best.
How does your military experience affect your life today?
I still apply the organizational skills that were drilled in the day to day training. The way I fold my clothes and arrange my tools definitely echo the things I learned in service.
Do you recall the day your service ended?
On January 21st 1970 I felt relief as I rode for last time over the jungle in a helicopter.
What did you do in the days and weeks afterward?
I just wanted to get back to normal. I knew I wanted to marry my high school sweet heart and start college and I did both.
Where did you travel while in the service?
Just the Southern United States and then straight to Qui Nhon Vietnam.
Why did you pick the service branch you joined?
I preferred the idea of land rather than the air or sea.
Do you recall your first days in service?
Yes, they were very hard. The level physicality in basic training was a challenge every day.
Was there something special you did for “good luck”?
I prayed a lot in those days. I felt God was more important than luck. Then every day I would look at my future wife’s photo and tell myself to get back to her.
Did you work or go back to school?
I decided to attend college and then graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Health
Is there anything you would like to add that we have not covered?
War can mold a man. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for worse. There are good and bad things that you keep with you all your life.