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August 5, 1946


Cumberland, MD 21502




V V A 172: (Vietnam Veterans of America)


Joe Neil's Life --> Kinda my Life's Story: Joseph (Joey and later Joe) David Neil I was born in the mid forties to Wilma Anita Blauch Neil and Joseph Clyde Neil in Akron Ohio. I weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces. I was 19 inches long. Several months latter, Wilma, Joe, Joey (as I was then refered), and Wilma's mother Goldie moved to Pinto Maryland where they rented a house from Wilma's cousin. By 1947 the family was living in their own home, a short walk away on Pinto Road. By this time, my great grandfather, E.K. Blauch had come to stay with his daughter, Edna Kidwell next door. I was the first born. When my younger brother Richard was born, prematurely, in 1949, I was not sure if I Iiked the idea. However, I had the woods, my dog and a great grandfather next door who taught me many things. I came to love the outdoors, hunting, camping, trapping and fishing. My great granfather died, in his 80's, and my 'dreams' of becoming a 'Hermit', with just me and my dog living in the mountains of WV were totally destroyed; when at the age of 15, I discovered 'girls' (and they discovered me). My dog never forgave me. I became the Allegany Ballistics Laboratories (ABL) evening Paper Boy in the forth grade and continued selling papers till I graduated from Allegany High School, eight years later. I did not particularly like the routine of school but I liked what I could do with the results. The Christmas gift of a chemistry set from my uncle David prompted an interest in chemistry and math and at age 13 I had a small chemistry lab in the family basement. Uncle David also sent me a birthday present of my first Crystal Radio Kit, which prompted my interest in electronics. I was a member of the Projectionist Club in High School. I learned to enjoy reading. I continued to enjoy the outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing. I was a Boy Scout with Cresaptown's Troup 49 and continued into scouting as an Explorer Scout with Post 9, also located in Cresaptown MD. I built a few model gas engine airplanes and once attempted to fly a model plane in the house. (not really, I was testing the gas engine and it got away from me) I attended Cresaptown Elementary Junior High School and graduated from Allegany High School in 1964 at age 17. I was intent on seeing the world. I joined the Navy in July of 1964, and spent my 18th birthday in the U.S. Navy BootCamp at Great Lakes IL. My first ship was the USS Enterprise CVAN 65, a nuclear powered Aircraft Carrier, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. I saw many new sights and met lots of new people as I traveled to new countries, through the Mediterranean Sea, Span, France, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, The Red Sea, Asia, Japan, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Australia and the Caribbean. I have traveled around the world two and a half times. I went to Viet Nam for a short time while serving on the USS Boxer, LPH4. I was separated from active duty under Honorable Conditions in December of 1967. In 1966, I married one my high school girlfriends, Lois Sirbough. We lived in Cumberland and later in Hyndman, PA. I found employment at the B&O Railroad working, on the extra list, and was a qualified Clerk and a Yardmaster. Later I was offered a more permanent job at Pittsburg Paint Glass, Works 7, as a Staff employee with the Quality Control Department. The marriage did not last. I left Cumberland and, except for a few months in 1970 when my father died, did not return for twenty eight years. In Stockton, California, I attended San Joaquin Delta College and also attended Humphries Law School, under the GI Bill. I have lived an adventurous life. I have seen the world. I have seen war. I have worked as a Private Investigator worked in Sales, sold, developed and Appraised Real Estate, worked in an Alaskan salmon processing plant, and even as a movie Stuntman. In May 1972 I became licensed as a California Real Estate Agent. I was very active with the Stockton Board of Realtors and served on the Public Relations Committee and as one of the judges on the Professional Standards and Arbitration Committee. In the early 1980's, while working in real estate and property appraisal, I took an interest in computers. I used my new skills and opened my own appraisal business for Residential and Commercial real estate and was also a certified FHA fee appraiser. I married two more times. Clara M. Freeman was my second wife. I married Brenda Jean Sparks in May of 1986 at South Lake Tahoe, California. I had a daughter that I named Jennifer Nicole on January 17, 1990. I returned to Cumberland, MD in March of 1998 to take care of my ageing mother. Wilma was 79 years old at that time. I lived with my mother Wilma at the family home in the upstairs 'mother-in-law quarters' until after she died at eighty eight years of age, in July of, 2006 (her Independence Day). I was my mother's home care provider for over eight years. I cooked, drove Wilma to church, to the doctors and took her shopping and helped her around the house. I was involved with computers and tutored and upgraded computers for some of the locals in the neighborhood. I was also involved with computer graphics, and designed Real Estate Brochures of New Construction, Country Custom Homes, that were being sold in Northern California. I am a prior member of the Stockton Fraternal Order of the Moose Lodge (Stockton, CA) and presently a member in good standing of the Cumberland Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 245 and also have a dual membership with the Cresaptown Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No 2883. After the death of my mom we sold the old 'Home Place' and I have moved to the JFK Apartments in downtown Cumberland, MD (11 story building next to the Fire Department on N Mechanic St) where I have retired. If you are in the Cumberland area, you may see me riding around on my mountain bike (for exercise), in my car probably on a WalMart run or "Friday After Five" at the Cumberland Mall listening and dancing to the good music that plays there.



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