Most of my life is behind me, but people are also ahead of me and are still interested in what I have done

February 14, 2017
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Most of my life is behind me, but people are also ahead of me and are still interested in what I have done

Most of my life is behind me, but people are also ahead of me and are still interested in what I have done

“I grew up in Worcester, Mass. I had three brothers and two sisters and my parents were strict on us. It is my nature to be happy and I have always been that way. It started at school. A teacher took a liking to me in my poetry class. There were mostly girls in the class and I enjoyed it very much. Poetry came naturally and I wrote about personal things and my poetry has been published in books. I was not a musician, but there is a melody to poetry.”

“While I was in high school, I worked with my brothers at our family’s meat market and learned how to be a butcher. I went to law school in Boston until my brothers leased an old meat packing plant in Vermont and sent me there to operate it. It was a terrific experience and I learned from the Vermonters what life was like in a small, rural community. I always looked to older people for advice and the people in the community accepted me and treated me as family.”

“I went into the Army in 1940, and entering the service was almost an accident. I was a reserve and it was part of my education. One day a week, we had ROTC and learned how to use a rifle. I had a good foundation when they gave me a real rifle and put me on the line. I served in the Atlantic with General Patton. I was quartermaster and in back of Patton taking care of the people in the field. I had eight people on my staff and we fed about 1,000 people a day. I made sure they had fresh food. I learned a lot from General Patton including how to lead a large operation as a unit.”

“After my tour of duty as a major, I stayed in the reserves for seven years. In 1963, we moved to Kansas City where I reopened another old meat packing plant. That became successful and we opened National Beef Packing Co., a modern plant in Liberal Kansas where cattle were raised and fed. We spent 20 years in Liberal and when we left in 1988, National Beef Packing Co., was a Fortune 50 company doing over $1 billion per year in revenue. It is still among the largest in the world today.”

“I have been blessed to work with Dr. Barry Booth & Margret Tolly at many public events honoring our veterans and the wonderful and patriotic people of Southern Alabama. I am proud to represent the men and women who served our country during one of the most important times in the history of our world. I was recognized at the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the opening of the Veteran’s Cemetery in Spanish Fort. I also attend veterans’ events at the Battleship. It is a wonderful experience rubbing shoulders with people who are interested in the same things I am interested in. I love speaking to school groups and meeting the kids.”

“Georgia was my wife and she was a wonderful companion. We were married 59 years and had things in common. We loved people. Right now is a special time in my life. Most of my life is behind me, but people are also ahead of me and are still interested in what I have done. If I can be of some help, I am very happy to do it.”

3 comments on “Most of my life is behind me, but people are also ahead of me and are still interested in what I have done”

  1. Dean Aragon says:

    Great story Mr. J
    Proud to say I worked for you!

  2. Barbara Wariner says:

    One of the greatest most giving couples I’ve ever known. Proud to have called him my boss for several years. God bless them.

  3. Linda Kirkwood says:

    The time at National Beef with you as Commander in Chief were there best years I remembered in all my 33 years there….there was never another “you” that passed through! I honor you, sir! and glad to hear about you time to time! 🙂 Please stay well and happy!

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