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The Author

I was born the youngest of three sons of Melvin L. Bounds and Juanita Joy (Winn) Bounds in El Paso, Texas.

 

I started my travels at a very early age, about 2 months after birth; I went to the Azores Islands, off the coast of Portugal and have been traveling ever since. I lived in Italy as a child, Sicily as a young adult, and Spain in my 30’s. I graduated High School in Cushing, Oklahoma in May of 1979 and joined the U.S. Navy October of the same year.

 

I sailed and swam in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. I traveled to the Mediterranean, The Persian Gulf, The Red Sea and The Gulf of Oman. I traversed the Straits of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal. I crossed the equator at sea and have undergone the ancient tradition of the Shellback initiation hosted by King Neptune himself, transforming me from a slimy pollywog to a trusted Shellback.

 

I worked on fourteen different types of aircraft and cooked for Admirals, Foreign Dignitaries, Deckhands, and Sea Captains alike.

 

I was one of the ship’s Deejays. I played classic rock and went by the handle The Guru Dude.

 

I visited exotic ports in Florida, The U.S. Virgin Islands, Italy, Pompeii, The Isle of Capri, Gibraltar, Greece, Spain, Sicily, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, New York, Boston, Washington state, Virginia, Maine, Morocco, California, Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Australia.

 

I have also been to Somalia, Bosnia, Lebanon, and participated in the Persian Gulf War and the liberation of Kuwait. I retired from the Navy in 1999. I now live in Colorado.

 

I am lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled Veterans of America and a sponsor for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. I volunteered for the Veteran’s Administration and was instrumental in the startup of The Veteran’s Party of America political party.

 

I have been published extensively in Poetry Anthologies, local papers, VFW Magazine and have one book of poems published called “Pieces of a Dream”. I got to act in some community theatre and was even once asked to join a professional troupe, but did not go. I was also asked to go on the road as a song writer for the Tennessee Valley Boys, but again, chose not to go. I continue to write poetry today, though not as often as I did in the past. I enjoy riding my motorcycle, music, woodworking, leather craft and just about anything that lets me create.