War Is A Life-Changing Experience

Erika Nagy ’14
EE Staff Writer

Numerous teachers at Trumbull High have served in the Armed Forces.  Mr. Doyle, an English teacher at THS, served in the Army and still keeps himself involved in the celebration and awareness of Veterans Day.

THS EAGLE’S EYE: How old were you when you joined?

DOYLE: I was 17 when I joined and I left the day after my 18th birthday.

THS EAGLE’S EYE: Where were you stationed?
DOYLE: For basic training, I was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Then I went to Texas for advanced training. I was then stationed in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm.

THS EAGLE’S EYE: How has the war affected you?
DOYLE: Serving during the war has helped me appreciate the value of life and understand how to cope with the past. In the long term, it taught me how to value one’s country, and it helped pay for my college education. I would have never been able to afford it on my own, so it was a big help.

THS EAGLE’S EYE: How were the rules in the army?
DOYLE: It was strict, but completely fair. There was not a lot of personal freedom, but there were necessary guidelines for us. The rules lightened up as you move up rankings…although you were held up to high standards, you were treated as equally as everyone else. It did not matter what you looked like. We all looked professional and it was fair.

THS EAGLE’S EYE: What did you do in the free time that you had?
DOYLE: In my free time, I would DJ. I learned how to DJ from my roommate in St. Angelo. Since then, music has become my passion and any spare time I had I devoted it to DJ’ing.

THS EAGLE’S EYE: How far away were you from the front lines?
DOYLE: I was a few miles away, maybe three or four miles. At night, you could see the bombs going off and I saw all of the different colors in the sky.

THS EAGLE’S EYE: What was your most frightening experience?
DOYLE: Nothing really scared me. There was one night where we thought that Saddam Hussein was going to gas them during the night. Everyone was scurrying around to get their gas masks and stayed up all night, while I just went to sleep. It did not bother me.

THS EAGLE’S EYE: If you could go back, would you change anything about your experience?
DOYLE : No. I signed up for airborne, to jump out of planes, but if I did that, I would not have gotten as much money for an education.

THS EAGLE’S EYE: Do you recall any unusual events?
DOYLE: There was one night in Saudi Arabia, I was sent to patrol the berms with my friends. (Berms are pushed-up dirt mounds used as barriers). We were not sure which berms we were supposed to patrol, so we assumed it was the one closest to the border. We walked to the Iraq border, and almost got shot by our own army, since they did not know it was us. On the way back from patrolling the berms, my friend fell into a sand dune, and got tangled in barb wire. He looked like a turtle on his back, trying to untangle himself from the wire.

THS EAGLE’S EYE: Did your military experience influence your thinking about war or about military in general?
DOYLE  : No. My family is strongly involved in war. My grandpa was in World War II, and my dad was in Vietnam. I did not necessarily want to be in the military right from the start, like my brother. My brother knew right from the start that he wanted to be a part of the military. I always had an admiration for the military.
The Eagles Eye thanks Mr. Doyle in for participating in this interview.

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