Lives in Central North Carolina region, NC, United States
Works as a US Marine Corps (Retired) and now fully retired
Joined on Jul 11, 2002
FULL NAME: Bernd Werner Herrmann. I adopted the "nickname: of "Ben" shortly after arriving in the US because quite frankly, there is no nick-name for the name "Bernd" in the US.
BIRTHPLACE: Moosburg, Bavaria (Germany)
CURRENT HOME: Central North Carolina where we moved after I retired from the Marine Corps. As a matter of background info, my parents and I emigrated to the United States in the early 1950's and settled in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. I left the concrete, corrupt, and liberal jungle known as Philadelphia in 1967 to join the Marines.
MILITARY SERVICE: 26 years of active service in the US Marine Corps - in various occupational specialties and duty assignments. As for combat experience, I served in the Vietnam conflict from Feb 68 - Mar 69 with the 2nd CAG. In retrospect, my most favorite duty assignment was as a Marine Drill Instructor with the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD San Diego, California (the state that is now often referred to as the "Peoples Republic of California.") in the early 1970's. I retired from the Marine Corps on 31 January 1993.
OTHER JOB EXPERIENCES: Park and Lake Manager, and that was followed by being a New Home Construction Sales Real Estate Broker. I am fully retired now, although I don't consider myself "retired" in any sense of that word.
HOBBIES and PREFERRED ACTIVITIES: Avid physical fitness and weight training in various gyms (currently Gold's gym). Hobbies involving material things are photography (doing that since Vietnam in '69) and higher-end audio. I tend to switch back and forth between the two. If you don't see me on these forums for a few months, it's because I turned the audiophile switch on, and I am focusing on that arena. Other likes include fine dining and wine tasting, gardening, and rifle and pistol marksmanship.
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Aquarius (Feb 13).
EDUCATION: (NC State University) - BS - Natural Resources and Parks Management - summa cum laude 4.01.
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