Memoirs
 

Grandpa

Robert Otis Thomas
 
 

Mobile, Alabama during WWII

Brookley Air Field

Bankhead Tunnel
 
 

Birth Certificate

Robert Marvin Thomas
 
 

First Residence

1946 - 47

Blakeley Island
Wartime Housing Project
105-A, 7th Street
Mobile, Alabama

Mobile County

Age 0 - 4 months
 
 

Second Residence

1947 - 48

Prichard Homes
Wartime Housing Project
225-B Choctaw Court
Prichard, Alabama

Mobile County

Age 4 months - 2 yrs
 
 

Third Residence

1948 - 54

Prichard Homes
Wartime Housing Project
152C Sipsey St
Prichard, Alabama

Mobile County

Age 2 - 6

Prichard Homes Elementary School
1st grade

Self employed
to provide family financial support
repairing radios, televisions and ham radios

Prichard Church of God
pastor, Rev. Woodrow Wilson
644 S Wilson Ave
Prichard, Alabama

Woodrow's brother, John, was COG State Overseer
that appointed dad to his first pastorate -
Chapman COG
CL Dyess family attended Prichard COG also
 
 

First Family Automobile

1941 Chevrolet Coupe
 
 

Fourth Residence

1954
Summer

'Nigger Quarters',
1 room house along railroad tracks
Crichton, Alabama

Crichton Church of God
Paster, Rev Carl? McIntire
3106 Moffett Road
US 98
Mobile, Alabama
36607

Mobile, County

Age 6
 
 

Fifth Residence

1954 - 55

Providence Hall
Residence hall for married couples
aka 'Poverty Hall' and 'Tater Hall'
on the campus of
Lee Bible College,
formerly,
Bible Training School.
Later became
 Lee College / Lee University
Cleveland, Tennessee

Bradley County

Age 6 - 7

Mayfield Elementary School
Cleveland, Tennessee
2nd grade

Self employed...
Cut lawns with hand-push powered reel lawnmower,
established and maintained a Grit
good news newspaper route,
sold religious mottos,
recruited customers,
delivered, collected and managed accounts,
to provide additional support for my family
and to purchase, gardening and construction tools,
outdoor equipment, science and electronics books,
electronics and science kits,
bow hunting, fishing gear, precision guns and ammo
 
 

Sixth Residence

1955 - 56

Blue Springs, Tennessee

Bradley County

Age 7 - 8

Blue Springs Elementary School
3rd grade

Self employed...
Bailed, hauled and stacked hay,
fed livestock,
fell trees, sawed logs, chopped firewood,
dug / deepened water wells,
jacked up house, replace rotted beams,
plowed, grew, tended and harvested food gardens,
picked apples, apricots and peaches,
fished, hunted, caught, skinned squirrels, rabbits,
Cut lawns with hand-push powered lawnmower,
established and maintained a Grit paper route,
sold religious mottos
recruited customers,
delivered, collected and managed accounts
to provide additional support for my family
and to purchase,
gardening and construction tools,
outdoor equipment, science and electronics books,
electronics and science kits,
bow hunting, fishing gear, precision guns and ammo.
 
 

Seventh Residence

1956 - 1960

Church of God Parsonage
Rt 2 Box 102J
Chapman, Alabama
now East Chapman, Alabama

Butler County

Summers resided with relatives in
Mobile, Alabama,  Pensacola, Florida,
Macon, Georgia,  Gulfport, Mississippi;
with friends in Florala, Alabama; and
at Church of God Youth Camp,
in Springville, Alabama near Birmingham

Age 8 - 12

Chapman Elementary School
aka 'company school'; 'scab school'
on the saw mill property of
W.T. Smith Lumber Co.
4th - 7th grades

Picked cotton,
bailed, hauled and stacked hay,
fed livestock,
fell trees, sawed logs, chopped firewood,
dug / deepened water wells,
dug / deepened and constructed outhouses,
chicken pens, hog pens,
cut lawns with hand push powered reel mower,
established and maintained a Grit paper route,
sold religious mottos and bibles,
recruited customers,
delivered, collected and managed accounts
grew, tended and harvested food gardens,
gathered wild apricots, wild plums,
wild persimmons, wild grapes,
apples, peaches, pecans,
pecans, pulled and shelled peanuts,
pulled corn, cut tobacco and sugar cane,
fished, tended trot lines,
hunted and trapped squirrels, rabbits,
coons, possums, wild turkey,
grew fishing worms, and crickets,
sold fishbait,
to assist in supporting my family
and to purchase electronics, science
and nature books and kits,
electronic parts, erector sets,
bow hunting equipment,
precision rifles, precision ammo, shotguns and ammo,
steel traps and fishing gear.
 
 

Eighth Residence

1960 - 61

23 West 30 1/2 Street
Richmond, Virginia

One of eight early american independent cities,
as was Baltimore, Maryland -
not part of a county

Age 12 - 13

George Wythe Military Academy
ROTC
Richmond, Virginia
8th grade

To provide support to my family
collected, delivered and sold empty pop bottles,
mowed lawns.
 
 

Ninth Residence

1961 - 62

Route 1,
PO Box 395A
Calleo, Virginia

between Village, Virginia and Calleo
arrived Thanksgiving Day 1960?
 

Age 13 - 14

Northumberland High School
Heathsville, Virginia
9th grade

Self employed...
Chesapeake and Rappahannock River fishing,
oystering, shrimping, crabbing,
boat building and refinishing,
 
 

Tenth Residence

1961 - 62

Rt 2
PO Box 80
Warsaw, Virginia

Nov 11, 1961 organized church -
Warsaw Church of God
 in an abandoned two-story
country store with gas station -
owned by Myrtle Smith

Age 14 - 16

Warsaw High School
Warsaw, Virginia
10th grade

Self employed...
 
 

Eleventh Residence

1962 - 65

Route 2, Box 69
now Drinking Swamp Road,
Haynesville, Virginia

Age 16 - 18

Rappahannock High School
Warsaw, Virginia
11th - 12th grades

RHS 'Rebels', 'blue and grey',
until completion of my
1964 - 65 senior year.
In 1965 - 66, Rappahannock HS was forcibly
segregated.  RHS 'Rebels' became RHS 'Raiders'.
My Croxton cousins then were allowed to attend previously
'white only' schools.
 Only fair since 'they' too were returning from Nam
in body bags, embalmed and placed into coffins in Hawaii
for their final destination -
Dover Air Force Base (Delaware).

Employment...
Chesapeake and Rappahannock River fishing,
oystering, shrimping, crabbing,
boat building and refinishing,
vegetable farming (squash, tomato),
delivering tomatos and squash to farmer's
markets in Washington DC
and Baltimore Maryland,
dairying / milking cows,
medicating cows, testing milk,
dairy feed farming, Levi Strauss
pants factory, Warsaw, Virginia
driving rural school bus routes for
Rappahannock High School.
 
 

Twelveth Residence

1965
summer

Lived with Aunt Margarite and Uncle Bob Mutispaw
Richmond, Virginia

Age 18
Richmond Professional Institute
Commonwealth of Virginia University

Freshman - Summer Session

Employed by...
Commonwealth of Virginia,
Division of Motor Vehicles,
Richmond, Virginia
 
 

Thirteenth Residence

1965
Summer

'Johnson Hall'
Men's Dormitory
 

Age 18

Richmond Professional Institute /
Commonwealth of Virginia University,
Richmond, Virginia

Freshman
 
 

Fourteenth Residence

1965 - 66

Rev. Dorsie & Ann Philips,
pastor of Big Springs Church of God,
Big Springs, Tennessee
Received room and board in lieu of salary
for youth pastor / choir director position

Age 18 - 19

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lee College / Lee University
Cleveland, Tennessee

First Semester

Employment...
LBJ's Poverty Program,
teaching Appalachian, elementary school classes
(2nd, 4th and 7th grades)
Elastic yarns and golf ball manufacturing
 
 

Fifteenth Residence

1965 - 66

Maggie's Boarding Home
room and board
Cleveland, Tennessee

Age 18

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lee College / Lee University
Cleveland, Tennessee

First Semester

Employment...
LBJ's Poverty Program,
teaching Appalachian, elementary school classes
(2nd, 4th and 7th grades)
Elastic yarns and golf ball manufacturing
 
 

Sixteenth Residence

1966

Walker Hall
Men's Dormitory

Age 19

Lee College / Lee University
Cleveland, Tennessee

Second Semester

Employment...
LBJ's Poverty Program,
teaching Appalachian, elementary school classes
(2nd, 4th and 7th grades)
Elastic yarns and golf ball manufacturing

Student activist / organizer disrupting
holy ghost healing revivals in
Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama,
including Cleveland and Chattanooga, Tennessee,
because 'snake oil salesmen' evangelists were
by trickery and fearmongering,
taking advantage of
uneducated, pre-literate, poor families,
relieving them of hard earned money.
 
 

Seventeenth Residence

1966
summer

C/O Rev. Doyle Burrell pastor & Family,
South Hopewell Church of God
Hopewell, Virginia

During employment with
Allied Chemical, Nitrogen Division
Hopewell, Virginia

Age 19

Richmond Professional Institute
Commonwealth of Virginia University
Richmond, Virginia

Sophmore
 
 

Eighteenth Residence

1966

Colonial Heights Apartments
Colonial Heights, Virginia

Age 19 - 20

Richmond Professional Institute
Commonwealth of Virginia University
Sophomore

employed by
Allied Chemical, Nitrogen Division,
Hopewell, Virginia
 
 

Nineteenth Residence

1966 - 67

US Army Training Center (USATC)
Ft Bragg
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Home of...
'82nd Airborne',
'John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School'
'Special Ops'

Age 19 - 20

Studied 'unspecified' US Military
and US Government Training manuals,
Tested out of many phases of 'unspecified' training
as needed, for 'unspecified' future assignments
in Far East Asia.
 
 

 Twentieth Residence

1967

USAECS
Co T, 4th BN
Fort Belvoir,  Virginia
 

Age 20

US Army Engineer School
Fort Belvoir, Virginia

MOS 35E20 +
Confidential Electronic Devices
 Sniper rifle mounted StarLight Scopes
Night Vision Laboratory

U. S. Army Engineer
Research and Development Laboratories
Demolition

Counterterrorism
'Spec Ops'
'spook'
Langley, Virginia;

unspecified training

Ft. George G. Meade,
near Annapolis, Maryland;

unspecified training

Ft. Hollabird, Maryland
near an industrial center
in the Dundalk neighborhood
in Baltimore, Maryland
Age 20

unspecified training
 
 

Twenty-First Residence

1967

Department of the Army Headquarters
USATC - US Army Training Center
'Tigerland'
Fort Polk, Louisiana

AIT - Advanced Infantry Training
Night Vision Combat
Coordination aka 'calling in' artillary
and close air strike support
Chemical Warfare
including clearing LZs with explosives,
napalm and herbicides
aka agent orange et al
Interrogation

unspecified training

Age 20 - 21
 
 

Twenty-Second Residence

1967 - 68

1100 East Street,
Leesville, Louisiana
aka 'Diseaseville'

Department of the Army Headquarters,
USATC - US Army Training Center,
Advanced Infantry Training;
coordination (calling in) artillary and close air support
in support of insertion and extraction of LZs.
Chemical Warfare napalm

unspecified training

NCO Drill Academy
Fort Polk, Louisiana

Age 20 - 21
 
 

Twenty-Third Residence

1967

US Army
Fort Lewis, Washington

Age 21
 
 

Twenty-Fourth Residence

1968 - 69

USACCD
US Army Camp Carroll Depot
Waeguan, South Korea

unspecified assignments

Age 21 - 22

University of Maryland
Far East Division
 
 

Twenty-Fifth  Residence

July 4, 1969 - Dec. 1969

Apt 104 C
555 S. Belleview,
Mesa, Arizona

Mesa Community College
Mesa, Arizona

Age 22
 
 

Twenty-Sixth Residence

Dec. 1969 - Jan 1973

564 N. Drew West Street
Mesa, Arizona

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

Age 22 - 26
 
 

Twenty-Seventh Residence

Jan 1973 - June/July 1974

'Big Boys Dorm'
Sunshine Acres Children's Home

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

Age 26 - 27
 
 

Twenty-Eighth Residence

Date

C/O Neal and Mary Johnson
1057 W 10th Street
Mesa, Arizona

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

Age 27
 
 

Twenthy-Ninth Residence

Aug 1974

558 N Drew West Street
Mesa, Arizona
85201

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

Age 27 - 28
 
 

Thirtieth Residence

1976

Arizona State Prison Apartments
Florence, Arizona

Phoenix College
Glendale, Arizona

age
 
 

Thirty-First Residence

1977

Arizona State Prision
Florence, Arizona

Travel trailer behind Arizona State Prison
Main Yard

Medium Security Addition

age
 
 

Thirty-Second Residence

1977 - 78

Phelps Dodge Apts
Morenci, Arizona

Educator
Morenci High School
Phelps Dodge Company School

age
 
 

Thirty-Third Residence

1975 to June 2003

558/564 N Drew West Street
Mesa, Arizona
85201

Age 26 - 56
 
 

Thirty-Fourth Residence

June 19, 2003 - present

Tone Ranch Estates
1024 N Claiborne Court
Gilbert, Arizona
 85234

Age 57 - 67
 
 

blindness
 
 

personality
 

Message to tyrants...
Sic Semper Tyrannis

 

eve

Robert M. Thomas
Academic Professional Faculty Emeritus
Emeritus College
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

evesmaster@msn.com
 

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