Gunnery Sergeant Holbrook was drafted by the Marine Corps in April of 1968. After completing 12 weeks of recruit training in San Diego, 8 weeks of Infantry Training Regiment, 10 weeks of Schools Battalion, 4 weeks of Advanced Infantry Weapons and Tactics, and 4 weeks of Jungle Warfare Training at Camp Pendleton, California, Holbrook was given an 18-day leave to visit home with orders to report for duty in Vietnam upon return. Holbrook served 14 months in Vietnam earning several medals and service ribbons. Holbrook took a break from the Marine Corps after Vietnam, but returned to the Marine Corps for a career and retired from the Marine Corps in 1998. Today, Holbrook works for the Service as an Information Technology Systems Administrator in Region 1. Holbrook wrote about his year facing the draft, his time in Marine Corps training and his tour of duty in Vietnam in âFreedom Hill: The Alpha and Omega.â
March 26, 2014
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