I knew I was going to be sent to a conflict in Vietnam, so I quickly wanted to become a US citizen. My rational was that if I should come home in a body bag, I wanted to be a US citizen and not a German citizen. No such luck—bureaucratic wheels turn slowly. So I was sent to an American conflict as a German citizen, thus my nickname with the marines was “Germany”. I ultimately did become a US citizen before I was honorably discharged from the US NAVY in 1966.