Gordon Bright, of Sonora, was 20 years old in 1966 when he learned he would be deployed.
He chose to serve in the U.S. Navy.
The Army, he said, did “too much walking,” and he didn’t want to fly. He wanted to see the world – and that is what he did.
“I really loved it, I’ve been to places I will never go back to see,” he said. During the three years he served, his travels included Hawaii, Germany, Taiwan, and Vietnam.