Interview with Ken Plough, Vietnam War Veteran
At the time when Ken Plough was accepted by USC, he was unsure of the paths he would take. However, chance helped him decide when the lottery drew him to report in 1972. Ken completed his physical and went to Virginia for training, where he was ranked among the top 5 percent. After a few years, he graduated on a Thursday, got married on Saturday, and departed for marine boot camp the following Monday. Aside from participating in the general infantry training, Ken traveled to Alaska where he learned how to climb rocks and live in the freezing cold. After completing boot camp, he attended diving school, where he graduated as the top student in his class. He returned to the marines and took on instructing jobs, participating in amphibious training command with the navy. Ken taught them how to jump out of the helicopter and into the water unaided by a parachute, how to hang out of a helicopter connected by a carabiner and a 30 foot cord, and how to exit a submarine 120 feet underwater and swim to the surface before running out of air. Although he was promoted to a sergeant after just 2 and a half years, he left the army later to live with his family after the birth of his son. He had spent his career in the army largely as a diver, a job which he loved. He had been diving for eight years prior to joining the marine corps, and swimming 3 miles before breakfast every day was his definition of fun. His experience in the army was truly a wonderful one - at his age, he’s already done most of the things other people only dream to have on their bucket list.