Lives in Raleigh, NC, United States
Works as a Retired US Marine Corps - and now fully retired!
Joined on Jul 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, Pennsylvania area. We subsequently became naturalized American citizens. We (my immediate family) now reside 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 68 - September 69. Served as a Marine Corps Recruit Drill Instructor (DI) with "L" Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD San Diego from Feb 72 - Feb 75 - my most enjoyable military experience of all - demanding, yet very fulfilling.
EDUCATION: (NC State University) - BS - Tourism, Parks and Recreation Management - Summa Cum Laude.
THINGS THAT IRRITATE ME THE MOST: Political Correctness, thuggery, socialists, and politicians in general.
HOBBIES AND/OR PREFERRED ACTIVITIES: Avid physical fitness and weight training, digital photography, fine cuisine and wine, gardening, and last, but not least - rifle and pistol marksmanship.
CAMERAS CURRENTLY IN MY COLLECTION (and yes, I do use them all from time to time - although some are now collector items):
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