Of course, this isn't my real 201 file. It's probably hidden away in some
government warehouse somewhere. For the uninitiated, a military 201 File contains
everything about a soldier and his life in the Army. It contains re-assignment
orders, pay records, promotions, good or bad conduct reports . . . . you get the
Well, for this purpose I have provided a brief biography of myself and stuck it here in
this folder called "My 201 File". My apologies to any company clerks that
might be looking in. While you're here I hope you don't mind if I play a few of my
favorite Motown tunes. The ones that were popular in "The Nam".
Here Is A Play List
(To Hear A Song, Click On The Speaker Next To The Title)
|"Reach Out" - Temptations
|"My Girl" - Temptations
|"Get Ready" - Temptations
|"Papa Was A Rolling Stone - Temptations.
|"Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations
|"Standing The Shadow Of Love" - 4 Tops
|"Working My Way Back To You Babe" - 4 Tops
|"Everlasting Love" - 4 Tops
|"It's The Same Old Song" - 4 Tops
I was born on June 29, 1947 in
Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I was the only child of Frank and Elizabeth Hersey.
I attended Portsmouth schools. I was a Boy Scout, played little league, big league
and Junior Varsity Baseball. I pitched and played first base batting .316 in my
final year. I was a member of the Junior High School Band's percussion section and
played tenor and snare drums in the Golden Eagles Drum & Bugle Corps. I
graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1965.
My family owned one of the largest bakeries in the area and
I learned the baking craft at an early age. Besides working for the family bakery I
worked as a pastry chef at the famed Colony Hotel
in Kennebunkport, Maine. During my Junior and
Senior years of high school I worked in the checking department of the First National Bank
After high school, I enlisted in the Army and took my basic training at Ft. Jackson, South
Carolina. Following Basic Training I was posted to Ft. Lee Virginia's Quartermaster
Training Center and enrolled in the Bread Baking Course. I was then sent to
Germany. There, I was assigned as a baker to A Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored
Cavalry Regiment. After eight months I volunteered for assignment to Vietnam where I
served with K Troop, 11th ACR as First Cook and then the 528th QM Company in Vung Tau as a
baker again. I was honorable discharged on November 12, 1969.
After enlistment in the Army I returned home to Portsmouth and took up my former
profession as a baker in Portsmouth's only remaining bakery - Sher's Home Bakery. It
was there that I met the prettiest doughnut salesgirl that I had ever seen, Hellen
Small of Eliot, Maine. We were married on October 2, 1971. Please visit us on
the web at: http://home.comcast.net/~theherseys.
Hellen and her son, Rick and I moved
into an apartment next door to my parents. Hellen and I still live there
today. Our son, Rick lives in Bedford, NH with his wife Liz (Osario) and there two
children, Drew and Dana. Rick owns and operates Threshold
Building. Liz owns and operates "Travel By Liz".
In 1973 the bakery where Hellen and I worked, closed. I then went to work as an
airfield firefighter at Pease AFB - a SAC base. I was a graduate of the Air Force's
"Firefighter Rescueman's Course" and a certified EMT. I was a member of
The National Assoc. Of Govt. Employees (a labor union) and served as the local's Vice
President. I was also a volunteer firefighter for the city of Portsmouth.
In 1976 I began attending St. Catherine Of Siena
Church in Portsmouth and two years later I joined the church. I served as a
Minister of Communion for three years and as a Minister of the Word having also been the
coordinator and instructor for the Ministry of the Word before retiring.
I began attending classes at New Hampshire Technical College and graduated with high
honors in 1981 having earned a degree in science. In 1984, with my health in
decline, I retired.
I enjoy reading, films and sports. I am an avid New England Patriots fan. My
greatest joy now is being a grandfather to my two delightful grandchildren, Drew and Dana.