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Introducing Dan Doyle, Vietnam Veteran

Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and soon-to-be-retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University in Seattle, WA.  He has taught for thirty years at both the high school and university levels.

In 1968, as a Navy Hospital Corpsman, Dan served with Bravo Company, 3rd Recon Battalion of the 3rd Marines in Vietnam.  He arrived at the Marine forward airbase at Khe Sanh in January of 1968, just in time for the Tet Offensive.  After the Marines were relieved from the siege, he spent the rest of his thirteen-month tour going out on reconnaissance patrols out of the base at Quang Tri.

On his return to civilian life he met and married his wife, Cathy, and began his college education, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and a Master’s degree in Theology from Seattle University.  Dan and Cathy have two married daughters who are both teachers, and one gloriously alive two-year-old granddaughter.

As one who has served and who has known the experience both of combat and of "coming home," Dan believes that it honors us all in turn to honor those young men and women who have served the nation in the past and who are serving it now, with our thanks.  It is a measure of our respect to those who protect and defend our values and our persons with their honorable service, especially those who gave the last full measure of their lives, to give something back.

Most veterans come home and go on with their lives, contributing to their places of work and to their families with their natural gifts and the self-discipline they learned in their various branches of service.  Some, though, come home and get lost, and are too often forgotten by society.  It is these latter veterans we wish to serve.

Dan Doyle looks forward to this effort to form a community of care through The Veterans Site, to make it possible for the wider community to care for those who came back wounded more deeply than flesh and bone.  Through this effort to provide healthy meals for our veterans in need, we will all have an opportunity to thank our soldiers, sailors, coastguardsmen, airmen, and Marines for what they did so honorably for us.

Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and soon-to-be-retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University in Seattle, WA.

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