Who might you meet in my Book? – 04 Jul 16

Who might you meet in my Book? – 04 Jul 16

Some of you out there may be wondering if your name made an appearance in my recently published book on Leadership: “There’s a Moose in the Guard Shack”

Below is a partial list of those quirky and/or otherwise characters whose names do appear on the pages. As a follow-on volume is yet to be edited and published; if you do not find your name below, it might just show up in the next edition.

Here is a short listing of the characters you might meet, recognize, remember or know very well (These entries are in no particular order):

Tommy Wilson and his moose (Platoon Clerk and chocked full of excitement)

David Fitzsimmons (Fitz) (2nd Platoon Clerk and the hardest at working to impress)

Frank Lefevers (Best 2nd right hand any officer could ever have)

Alan Grant (My last Platoon Sergeant and professional)

Donald Jenkins (Pillsbury Dough Boy—enough said)

Joseph Guarino (trouble from day one through day last)

Martin Snyder (Best ration sergeant in the United States Army)

John Workman (The other best ration sergeant in the United States Army)

Marvin Craighead (Always looking for the next challenge and never afraid to take on a problem)

Ron Acuff (My platoon’s 3rd Class II & VII Section Leader and good at it)

Larry Wilson (My platoon’s 2nd Class II & VII Section Leader and 2nd POL Officer – a great guy and a good friend)

Vince Festa (Transportation Corps officer I served with in Alaska—nice & experienced guy)

Dave Elberfeld (Transportation Corps officer I served with in Alaska—next door neighbor for a year or so)

Ted Kuchta (My platoon’s 4th POL Officer—a bright hope for the future—I would have liked to have spent more time with him)

Doug Brown (My platoon’s 3rd POL Officer and a former NCO with a good head on his shoulders)

Pat Phillips (A tragic loss that came way too soon—unfortunately at his own hands)

Vince Fuentes (Battalion Operations Officer—level head screwed on straight)

Roger Issacson (My Battalion Commander upon arrival in Alaska)

Stan Pearson (My Battalion Commander for last year or so in Alaska)

Peter Burbules (My Battalion Commander during some hard times with great struggle)

William Krukemeyer (Best Aircraft Maintenance Officer I ever served with)

Phil Rivard (My Company Commander & boss during a challenging time of change)

Ed Armatoski (The guy that pushed me toward Alaska in the first place)

Denys Danley (Hard working Petroleum Accountability Clerk)

Pat Crumbliss (Supply Specialist in my platoon for three of my four years in Alaska)

Howard Kerr (Important Petroleum mission specialist on the coldest night of the year)

James Maggard (Hold-over from original Petroleum Bad-Guys who later redeemed himself)

Chief Maynes (Ration Sergeant who had to follow Martin Snyder and John Workman—see above)

Sgt Stone (Never knew his first name – probably was sergeant for all I know)

Thomas Steel (One of my most trusted NCOs during the years I spent at Fort Bragg)

SFC Torric (The source of some hard lessons – both taught & learned)

Warren Sanford (Another one of those 2nd right hands that made my job easier)


These and many others will be revealed during the course of my storytelling and advice rendering.

If you haven’t obtained your copy yet; there’s still time and they’re available from many sources.

Barnes & Noble








Infinity Publishing




Or, if you like; you can contact me via email and I’ll send you info on how to obtain a signed copy directly from me. Just go to the Contact Page on my website and fill in the info: https://johnhowardhatfield.com/contact/


(Left to right) Frank Lefevers, Pat Crumbliss, John Howard Hatfield,

David Fitzsimmons, & John Hoey

(Fort Greely Alaska – August 1973)

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