An Army of Stories is a compilation of the crazy, comical and sometimes mysterious things that soldiers do and say, as seen through the eyes of a soldier. It relates stories about happy times in the military, exciting times in and out of uniform, and some of the saddest events imaginable. It also tracks the author's progression from enlistment in the United States Army as a private during the mid 1970s, through retirement as a master sergeant many years later, and the many adventures experienced along the way. It follows a chrological path of the many units of military assignment, the people, languages, cultures and historical events encountered, and personal travels/visits to various locations on three continents including North America, Asia and Europe. It also chronicles some scary events in world history that sometimes brought us to the brink of Armageddon. Experiences include the proliferation of terrorism in 1970s-era West Germany, terrorist bombings of American targets and the assets of US allies, and the targeting of incent American service personnel and their families. It includes anti-American and anti-nuke protests in rthern West Germany, anti-American marches by angry college students in South Korea, experiencing the horrors of a World War II concentration camp, passing through the infamous Checkpoint Charlie, living in and understanding various foreign cultures, visits to communist countries, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the difficulties of an American trying to survive living and working in foreign regions, including the always t so America-friendly Middle East.
Roger Mason is a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant with 21 years in service. He served as a member of the Noncommissioned Officer Logistics Program, the Association of the US Army, the Ordnance Corps Association, the Noncommissioned Officer Association and the Society for Technical Communication. He was employed as a Government contractor after retiring from service and he writes about his experiences. He also writes metered verse and children's literature, and works as a freelance technical writer. Roger resides on the US East Coast and travels extensively.