SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Veterans claim all kinds of inspirations for wanting to serve. Richard Brown says, "It's the best country in the world. I love it."
Brown started out on an aircraft carrier for three years after joining the service, eventually becoming a Seabee as he had hoped. He says his service stemmed from an invitation by his buddies to join and travel the world.
"So, I took them up on it one day and I've enjoyed it ever since. If I could go back in in some way shape or form, I would," said Brown.
Just like Brown, Army Col. Ralph Lechner continues to hold on to the experiences from his years in the service. The armed forces is something he recommends for anybody.
"It's an experience that not many people are exposed to over here. It taught me a lot. I learned from others as a result," said Lechner.
Lechner served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive and found himself stationed in Germany, Turkey, and Korea throughout his career. Wallace Majors also served in Korea when the Americans entered the war there.
"I am proud to be an American. My dad fought in World War I. I was too young to fight in World War II, but I was ready to give my service in the Korean conflict," said Majors.
According to Majors, his time in the service opened his eyes to the greatness of our country.
"Anybody that doesn't like America, I'll help them pack. When the flag passes by, man that makes my blood flow faster," Majors said.