Works as aRetired US Marine Corps - and now fully retired!
Joined onJul 11, 2002
FULL NAME: Bernd Werner Herrmann. Since there is no nickname for the German first name "Bernd", kids in the US just started calling me "Ben" at an early age and it stuck.
BIRTHPLACE: Moosburg, Bavaria (Germany)
CURRENT HOME: We emigrated to the United States in the early 1950's and settled in the Philadelphia area (Northeast - Lawndale section). We subsequently became naturalized American citizens. We (my immediate family) now resides in the central North Carolina area.
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Retired US Marine Corps and now fully retired.
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Aquarius (Feb 13).
MILITARY SERVICE: US Marine Corps - 26 years of active service). Military Campaigns: Vietnam from Feb 66 - September 68. Also served as a Marine Corps Recruit Drill Instructor with "L" Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD San Diego from Feb 72 - Feb 75.
EDUCATION: (NC State University) - BS - Tourism, Parks and Recreation Management - Summa Cum Laude.
PREFERENCES/ACTIVITIES: Digital Photography, weight training, physical fitness, gourmet dining, fine wine, gardening, rifle/pistol marksmanship, mentoring the mentally ill/autistic, and am actively involved with conservative politics in a variety of capacities.
MUSICAL PREFERENCES: Classical and Romantic periods of music (specifically, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn). BIG BAND (Miller, Ellington, Basie, Goodman, etc.) and MILITARY MARCH MUSIC - specifically the German/Austrian variety (Deutsche Märsche and Der Grosser Zapfenstreich).
FAVORITE FOOD CHOICES: French, Asian Fusion, Italian, Japanese.
Cameras currently in my collection (and yes, I do use them all from time to time):