The Loafer’s Veteran of the Week is William Devault. In 1966, Mr. Devault enlisted into the army at 18 years old. Two years later, in 1967, he was drafted for Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War. While serving in the army, Mr. Devault visited Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand. He went to basic at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and trained in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In September of 1972, he was discharged while in Fort Gordon, Georgia. When asked about his time in the army, Mr. Devault stated he prefers to not think about the war, because he has flashbacks and medical issues due to his time served. While in Vietnam, Mr. Devault lost a lot of friends; however, his unit has reunions every two years for all of the surviving members.
After his time in the army, he went back to college and graduated with his teaching degree. He went on to teach for a period of time and then left to pursue working in public health. While doing so, he wrote a book titled, “Infectious Diseases in the Bible Belt.” Today, Mr. Devault is a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America in Kingsport, Tennessee.