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By Betty Vanderwielen

Goudzwaard's Army career short but meaningful

Veteran Spotlight


August 29, 2019

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Young Jim Goudzwaard, fresh out of Army basic training in the summer of 1969.

SEELEY LAKE – Jim Goudzwaard was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969. Though he only served a year-and-a-half, and things never went quite the way he expected, he packed a lot of sights and experiences into that short time.

Prior to being drafted, Goudzwaard worked in a hospital, first as an orderly, then in the emergency room. It seemed logical then that after basic training he was sent to Ft. Sam Houston for medical training. He was assigned to the 32nd Surgical unit, one of the last Medical Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) units.

It also seemed logical that after basic training, he would...

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Reader Comments(2)

Doug writes:

Nice history Jim! You're lookin good!

Oldgunnut writes:

Hi Jim it was great to serve with you in wurzburg miss all the guys I served with You and your family take care


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