Kenneth Brazile Jr Essay

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We always appreciate those who served in the United States military because they fought for our freedom, and who is not appreciative of that? People always hear great stories about military veterans who won medals or executed extraordinary task. Not a lot of people hear stories or firsthand accounts from the regular enlisted or ex-soldiers. Kenneth Brazile Sr. was one of those great but average people to serve in this great nation’s military. He was in the Army way back in time around 1989. He was not a special person in the military, just another soldier who was recruited by the army with his personal account on what the service was like back then. Kenneth Brazile continues to serve his community as a police chief in the small town he grew …show more content…
He said the reason why he joined was “I wanted to be different from everyone else, I did not want to follow down the same road like other people I graduated with and get a regular job barely making ends meet. We did not have very much money to send me to college, so I decided to join the military.” Shortly after graduating high school he went to the recruiter’s office in town to sign up, then to Montgomery, Alabama to follow up. Kenneth got a brief basic training in Montgomery, but within two months he was sent to fort hood in Texas. He said that it was a big shock to him, everything was new, and it was like being reborn into a new world. He talked about how he had to learn military etiquette, how to walk, talk, and, act in certain …show more content…
I asked him about the most memorable place he visited while being deployed in Germany. He replied, “I got to look around one of the biggest concentration camps set up by the Nazis. That was the most eerie place I have ever been, to see the clothes and jewelry still left around and to see their living conditions just gave me the creeps. The smell was so old and it just had a terrible stench. I am glad that is all over with.” I could tell that was not his favorite story and that it completely reversed his mood from when he was talking about the cannons

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