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Donald "Don" Scanga

US Army

Specialist 5th Class

Air Defense Artillery
Signal Corps

My Story

In 1969, Don dropped out of school and volunteered at 17 to serve in the US Army during the height of the Vietnam War. He attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Bliss, Texas. After completing AIT, he was assigned to an Army Air Defense Artillery unit in Key West, Florida, where he served as a HAWK Missile Fire Control Specialist. The subject of his first eBook, "If It Flies, It Dies" - A History of the US Army Air Defense Artillery.

After serving a year with that unit, and with the encouragement of one of his Officers, Don reenlisted for another four years, bringing his total commitment to five years. He tested and was accepted to attend a one-year course at the US Army Signal School at Fort Monmouth, NJ, to become an NCR 500 Computer Repairman. His number never came up for Vietnam. After graduation, he received orders for Germany. 

Don served three years in the VII Corp as a Specialist 5th Class, equivalent to a sergeant. Due to the uniqueness of his military specialty, he enjoyed traveling around Germany in his old VW Beetle, maintaining and repairing NCR computer systems and IBM peripheral equipment while taking in the beauty of that country, its people, and its history—the subject of his eBook "Talking Flags" - A History of the US Army Signal Corps.

After discharge, he attended Adam State College in Alamosa, CO, where he met his first wife Carol. They had one son, Jason, who served 20 years in the Colorado Army National Guard. They eventually divorced, and he married Kimberly "Kim" Kennedy, who had a previous son, Scott. Kennedy.

After 50 years of business experience, he retired to become a Digital Historian. This website is one of his history projects.

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