You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
Reminiscing: My involvement with the U.S. military
For most of my life, I have been involved with the military in some form or other. In high school, I was in Junior ROTC, in the Civil Air Patrol, and the Texas State Guard, 36th Infantry Division.
ROTC is a three-year program which I completed prior to graduation. I posted for a semester as a military instructor with the rank of major. Upon graduation, the National Guard was being reorganized, having been decimated by World War II. I was invited to join and was offered the rank of master sergeant. But, my interest was the Navy. So, I joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, and attended night school at St. Mary’s University, studying accounting. I also went to work at Lackland Air Force Base in the accounting and finance office.
My enlistment in the Naval Reserve was during the Korean War. I was a member of the mobilization team. All of our training was practicing for the mobilization of former Navy personnel in the event of an all-out war, which was deemed possible because of the Russian Missile Crisis. Most of my fellow reservists were called to active duty, but our team was kept intact.
I spent 16 years in the Reserve as a petty officer second class, first as a yeoman and then as a storekeeper. If I had remained two more years, I could have retired with a monthly pension, but the Russian Missile Crisis prevented this. The Cuban Bay of Pigs fiasco intervened. My enlistment expired, and I was scheduled to be called to active duty at the same time. But my position with the Air Force was deemed to be necessary to the mission of the base, given the impending world situation, and they would not permit me to report for active duty. I had to either resign from my civil service position, or not renew my naval enlistment.
My family obligations, wife, and two children, left me no choice but to not re-enlist. I retired from my Air Force job after 38 years of service.
I was recently invited by the Navy Department to become a member of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) because of my service during the Korean War. I accepted.
Rudy Elizondo is Julia Castro’s nephew and formerly of Floresville.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
South Texas Living Archives
(NOT May 30!) Let your imagination take shape June 30 (May 25, 2016)
Canine care helps heal community’s most vulnerable (May 25, 2016)
Divine healing training June 2-4 (May 25, 2016)
Future collectibles (May 25, 2016)
Getting past a stroke (May 25, 2016)
Musical Club tours Helmke home (May 25, 2016)
Ousley fund-raiser May 28 (May 25, 2016)
Picnic and memorial service (May 25, 2016)
Save the date for June 2 Opry Jam (May 25, 2016)
Small town, big hearts (May 25, 2016)
The stuff of which sausage is made (May 25, 2016)
Unwind, de-stress with coffee and crayons (May 25, 2016)
What you can do to prevent asthma (May 25, 2016)
Witness live wrestling at Retama Park (May 25, 2016)
Attend the 38th annual Bluebonnet Fest Parade May 21 (May 18, 2016)
Baptist church plans Men’s, Women’s Day (May 18, 2016)
Cocktail dress (May 18, 2016)
Desperate search for old photo reveals city’s lack of memorabilia (May 18, 2016)
Learn about gardening practices (May 18, 2016)
Play golf for Peanut Festival (May 18, 2016)
Setting forth in search of froth (May 18, 2016)
Sign up for Summer Reading! (May 18, 2016)
Sutherland Springs bank bandits sentenced (May 18, 2016)
Tickets on sale for June 21 Taste of Seguin (May 18, 2016)
Boldtville Church Yard Sale is May 14 (May 11, 2016)
Create interactive games, stories with Scratch (May 11, 2016)
Enter 2017 Fiesta Poster Contest (May 11, 2016)
Extraordinary minds teaching our kids (May 11, 2016)
Healing ADD without medication (May 11, 2016)
Luffa vase (May 11, 2016)
May means dancing in Geronimo (May 11, 2016)
Meet the Miss La Vernia contestants (May 11, 2016)
Resurrection UMC plans Fun Fest (May 11, 2016)
Spring comes to Blue Bonnet Club (May 11, 2016)
Swing dance in Seguin (May 11, 2016)
Tracking down a little history in Hobson (May 11, 2016)
Union Valley meeting set (May 11, 2016)
Basketball tournament May 14 (May 4, 2016)
Boy Scout celebration stirs up memories (May 4, 2016)
British Royals (May 4, 2016)
Celebrating decades of memories and music with the‘Texas Top Hands’ (May 4, 2016)
Create a yard with bird appeal (May 4, 2016)
Cruise into Floresville for Lions Car Show (May 4, 2016)
Find cheap books at Sidewalk Sale (May 4, 2016)
Hear six pianos in one room May 7 (May 4, 2016)
Hermann Sons Casino Night to benefit CASA (May 4, 2016)
Road Runners plan May group runs (May 4, 2016)
‘Battle for Texas’ now open in SA (May 4, 2016)
‘Lily pads’ for kids (May 4, 2016)