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Learning About China via the U.S. Army

 

November 9, 2017

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Jerry Swanson, U.S. Army Specialist 4, Chinese Translator/Interpreter.

OVANDO – When Ovando resident Jerry Swanson talks about his years serving in the United States Army, he starts with flunking out of college and ends with a career as a college professor.

As Swanson tells the story, he spent two years at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) serving in the Reserve Officers Training Program (ROTC) while pursuing a degree in commerce. Finding the course work less and less interesting, he stopped going to classes, with the inevitable result he flunked out. It was then, in 1958, that he joined the U.S. Army.

After military basic training he took...



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