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Gene Rasmussen: The story of a heroic soldier. By: Devin Anderson Josh Pittman Asia johnston. Child hood. Gene was born and raised in Iowa He was an only child with a single mother Gene never new his father. Teen Age Years. Fell in with the wrong crowd as a teenager

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gene rasmussen the story of a heroic soldier

Gene Rasmussen: The story of a heroic soldier

By: Devin Anderson

Josh Pittman

Asia johnston

child hood
Child hood
  • Gene was born and

raised in Iowa

  • He was an only child
  • with a single

mother

  • Gene never new his

father

teen age years
Teen Age Years
  • Fell in with the wrong crowd as a teenager
  • Eventually ended up at court because of his actions
  • The judge gave him two options:
    • Go to jail at the age of 17 or go to boot camp
    • Gene chose boot camp
boot camp
Boot Camp
  • Genes boot camp look a lot like this, This type of place started Gene on his journey
gene with his wife at a young age
Gene with his wife at a young age
  • Before Gene, joined the army, he married a young lady that he barely new
  • Her name was Penny, and they got married a month before Gene left to serve his country
naval base
Naval Base
  • Once he completed boot camp, Gene enrolled in the navy to serve on the rivers of Vietnam
  • He was in the NSA (Naval Service Activity)
  • Gene’s first day:
    • Was shot at the second he stepped off the boat in Vietnam
good luck charms
Good Luck Charms
  • Mr. Rasmussen depended on certain things when times got hard
  • He kept a picture of his wife in his helmet
  • Had a religious quote on the back of his uniform that said; “Me and you right God?”
vietnamese translator
Vietnamese Translator
  • This man helped him during very difficult situations, he was Gene’s translator
river he patrolled on
River he patrolled on
  • This is the river where Gene spent most of his time in Vietnam
  • He spent from sun down to sun up, risking his life daily
boat he patrolled on
Boat he patrolled on
  • This is the low amount of protection that Gene had while he was patrolling the very dangerous rivers of Vietnam.
  • He was extremely venerable to machine guns and other fire arms
  • Here is a boat similar to the one Gene patrolled in
boat he patrolled on1
Boat he patrolled on
  • While on the river, if Gene and his crew found a boy that was 17-35 years, they would have to detain him, take him back to their base and have him sign up for the United States service
boat he patrolled on2
Boat he patrolled on
  • Gene guarded the river mostly at night
  • He made sure no foreign boats traveled on the river at night
gene in uniform
Gene in uniform
  • There was no age limit to drink at his camp
  • All of the men drank, but certain treats were hard to come by
  • Whenever they wanted beer or extra food they would have to take a truck, drive to the nearest base and “borrow”
uso performers
USO Performers
  • They had multiple things to keep them entertained:
    • Singers and performers
    • Tape 8-track players
radio
Radio
  • The radio was the most significant part of entertainment
  • Learned about what was going on in Vietnam and in America because of the radio
gene with friends
Gene with friends
  • Gene and his buddies would play lots of tricks on one another
    • Lessened stress
  • One example:
    • Putting red kool-aid in the water of their showers of the night shift crew
home sick
Home sick
  • Gene became increasingly home sick his last three months in Vietnam he really missed his wife
after vietnam
After Vietnam
  • Gene, attended Cal State San Bernardino after his tour in Vietnam
  • Received his bachelors degree in criminal studies
gene and his wife
Gene and his Wife
  • Once Gene returned to the States, him and his wife ended up having five children and 8 eight grand children
gene now
Gene now
  • Gene credits the military for being the man he is today
  • He is very grateful for his experience
  • He explained it straightened him up and made him a better person