I am a U.S. Marine; I saw Manila bombed in WWII, lived through a Japanese internment camp, served 2 tours in Vietnam, did 26 years as a Folsom prison guard, and now I live on a golf course! AMAA
Edit: Thank you everyone! I'm sorry we took off without saying a proper goodbye, but we just got word that my great-grandmother (grandfather's mom) is being sent back to California because she's on her way out at the age of 93. Happy Veteran's Day and thank you for your questions!
Second Edit: A lot of these are great questions, and I'll be getting back to most of you tomorrow with his replies.
This is Joseph B. Barcelon, hanging out with my grandfather, Joseph J. Barcelon.
He's one of my heroes and inspirations in life, and I figured that it would be beneficial for the community to have this AMA on Veteran's Day.
He was born in 1938 in Manila, Philippines, and lived in an internment camp for less than a year at around 6 or 7 years old.
He served two tours in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Regiment, and then took a job as a Folsom prison guard from '72 to '98. Oversaw some "celebrities" including Charles Manson.
My grandparents are in town doing their bi-annual checkups, and they're about to head back to the Philippines where they live on the first hole of a golf course. He plays golf 6 days a week, and Civilization V and Solitaire almost every day.
My Grumps seldom talks, but he's excited to go through this interview process. There's a lot of gaps in between each time period of his life that I don't know about, so I'm also excited to see what info we can dig up.
AMAA: "Although tell them I can't talk about any of the secret stuff."