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Stickman: Army Straightened Me Out

Stickman: I have never been caught for anything in my life, but as a young teen that craved attention, nobody was better than me at stealing anything in any store at any time. My sister, who was three years younger than me, was the best I have ever seen at stealing. I guess I learned from her. She and her boyfriend one time stole a canoe from Sears with a receipt dangling from her hand. I am not proud of that fact, and maybe these days I am trying to make up for some of that, but at the time, I surely got a thrill from it. When I turned 18, I got bored with life and joined the Army. I was sent to Vietnam, and my life changed. I always say that was the most important year of my life, though most of it was truly something to forget.

Question: How did you time in the military change your life?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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