The Loafer’s Veteran of the Week is Paul McDowell III. He served in the United States Marine Corps in the 3rd Battalion. He was born on July 28, 1953 to Paul McDowell Jr. and Peggy McDowell in Bridgeton, New Jersey. McDowell graduated from Bridgeton High School with the senior class of 1970. Shortly after graduating, he was drafted right at the end of Vietnam. Because of this, he witnessed mostly peace as the war was winding down.
McDowell trained for boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina and was assigned into the 3rd Battalion Platoon 144. He stayed in the 3rd Battalion throughout his service. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Camp Pendleton, California during Military Police training and as a Military Police. After his time there, he went aboard the USS Hancock as a Police Sergeant. Soon after, he went on to station in Alaska up until his discharge in 1973 at 20 years old. McDowell states that his service and career in the marines kept him out of trouble. While serving, he received the national defense medal and two good-conduct medals.
Upon his discharge, McDowell went to work on pipelines in Alaska for six months, where he later returned home and got married. After marriage, he had children and currently has grandchildren and even great grandchildren. He ventured into the tattoo industry to fulfill his passions for drawing and painting, going on to owning and operating White Tiger Tattoos until his retirement.