Memorial Day 2017: Thanking Team Members For Their Service
With the Memorial Day holiday quickly approaching – and in recognition of National Military Appreciation Month – we thought it was the appropriate time to salute our many Team Members and their families who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces with courage, honor, and pride. So, we reached out to a few veterans from within the ranks of the YP℠ family to hear their stories and learn more about how they served our country. For this, we’d like to say, “Thank you for your service.”
Senior Manager, Direct Marketing
“I was seventeen when I got on the bus and headed to basic training. The Vietnam War had just ended. Soldiers weren’t thought of the same way as they are today. I think a lot of people disliked us. Back then, we could never imagine a time when anyone would say ‘thank you for your service.’”
“My first unit was the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I was assigned to a machine gun crew. Next was a brief stop in Germany before finally heading to Italy as part of the 509th Airborne Battalion Combat Team.”
Ed Durden, Jr.
Senior Manager, Search Ad Management
“I served 18 years in the U.S. Army. My first three-year tour was in Baumholder, Germany. Then, we moved to Fort Stewart, where I was a Company Commander, then Readiness Officer in the 24th Infantry Division, working under General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. I taught ROTC at Northern Michigan University and was a Contracting Officer at the Tank-Automotive Command in Warren, Michigan during the first Gulf War. I did a six-month stint in Honduras, then moved my family to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 18 months. I retired as a Major during the Clinton Administration.”
Integrated Media Producer
“I grew up in Washington, D.C., and joined the Navy to see the world. I served as an Operation Specialist 2nd Class in the control room aboard theUSS Comstock. We transported Marines overseas, then circled the area, offering protection for our troops. My husband was also in the U.S. Navy, serving as a Gas Turbine Mechanic/Technician on the USS Princeton. We met in Bahrain, and during those two days, we discovered that we were both stationed in San Diego. Seven months later, we met again, and married two months later, on Valentine’s Day.”
Integrated Media Producer
“I was working in the fast food industry when 9/11 occurred. Patriotism welled up inside me, and I knew I needed to serve my country. I enlisted in the Army, and was attached to the 596th Maintenance Company. Initially, I was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany. I then went through training in Kuwait before serving in Iraq at the Al Asad Airbase. Occasionally, we would go on the road with the Marines, providing on-site maintenance in the event a vehicle breakdown.”
Wishing everyone across the country a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend – and a fun-filled kick-off to the summer months ahead!
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