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Ashe County Veterans History Project: Curtis Gentry

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Curtis Gentry's Photos

Curtis Gentry

Curtis Gentry's Story

Joseph Curtis Gentry Jr. comes from a long line of military servicemen.  In fact when asked about adapting to a military lifestyle, Curtis says he was ready for it!  His father and uncles had him well prepared about what to expect and he was proud to carry on a family tradition.  Curtis entered the Army National Guard at the age of 23 and served from 1979 - 1982 as part of the 1450th Transportation Co.  While in the service, Curtis took advance course training as a wheeled vehicle mechanic.  

Curtis reflects on his time in service, saying that his military experiences made him a better person and he hopes everyone remembers that "you have to fight for our county's freedom."

Army Wheeled Vehicle Mechanics are responsible, as the title suggests, for handling maintenance and repair of all tactical and some armored vehicles, both heavy and light. 

If the Army's trucks and other vehicles aren't working properly, at best it means lost time, at worst, it could mean soldiers are in jeopardy.  So while it's definitely a grease monkey job, the wheeled vehicle mechanic is just as important to Army operations as any other soldier.

Curtis reflects on his time in service, saying that his military experiences made him a better person and he hopes everyone remembers that "you have to fight for our county's freedom."