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MAC'S BIO AND CONTACT INFO.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY BIO PAGE....I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ THE " ENTIRE " PAGE.

  I LIST THE GOOD, THE BAD AND EVEN THE UGLY. IT IS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.

IF AFTER READING MY BIO , YOU ARE ANGERED , INSULTED , FEEL DISRESPECTED AND/OR EVEN HURT TO THE DEGREE THAT YOU WISH TO DISTANCE YOURSELF FROM ME , THIS EPIC WALK AND/OR OPERATION WALK AMERICA.THERE WILL BE NO ILL FEELINGS. I WILL WISH YOU FAREWELL AND GODS SPEED AND PRAY THAT THE GOOD LORD WILL BLESS YOUR LIFE AS HE HAS MINE. 


" I HAVE FACED THE WORST OF ME AND I HAVE  LEARNED .....SO THAT I MAY BECOME THE BEST OF ME "
 " THE GOOD "
GOD FEARING MAN 
A VERY PROUD PATRIOT
ONCE A SINNER NOW FORGIVEN
A NEW CREATURE
 PROUD FATHER TO AN AMAZING DAUGHTER,
U.S. ARMY RESERVIST & U.S. MARINE CORP. VETERAN
UNFORTUNATELY RELEASED FROM THE U.S. MARINE CORPS WITH UNDER OTHER THEN HONORABLE CONDITIONS
FORMER CROSS COUNTRY TRUCK DRIVER,
FORMER IRON WORKER,
FORMER BOUNCER,
BUSINESS OWNER
NOW PROUD WALKING PATRIOT


CONTACT INFO.
NAME : LEONARD DALE " MAC " MCQUOWN

PHONE NUMBER CELL : 352-210-6836
HOME OF RESIDENCE :  FLA
EMAIL ADDRESS : MAC@BALDMANWALKING.COM


 Born
May 4th 1961 Stuttgart Germany.

WITH THE GIVEN NAME
LEONARD DALE MCQUOWN
"MAC"
IS THE NAME I HAD TAKEN FROM MY FATHER AFTER HE WAS DEPLOYED TO HEAVEN  IN 1989

FATHER TO AN INCREDIBLE AND AMAZING DAUGHTER MARY KATHERINE ANN PIETRUSZA " KATIE "

Son to two amazing Parents Thomas G. " MAC "  McQuown & Norma J. McQuown

BOTH PARENTS HAVE BEEN CALLED TO HEAVEN. FATHER ON OCT.13 1989 MOTHER ON JUNE 9 2009

Brother to two Incredible People  Older Sister SunShine   & Younger Brother J.J. 

AS A YOUNG MAN AT THE AGE OF 12 I JOINED THE CIVIL AIR PATROL In Dalton Ga.
STARTING AT THE RANK OF CADET  E-1
IN FOUR YEARS ACHIEVING THE RANK OF CADET MAJOR.
High School
Dalton Georgia
1976 - 1980

" GO CATAMOUNTS "


National Guard Enlistment
 My First Military Enlistment was  in the Unites States Army Reserve. in Dalton GA.  Company " C " 1St Bn. 108th Armor  MOS 19E10 Armor Tank Crewman Gunner/Loader . M60A1 Battle Tank 
ARMY BOOTCAMP & ARMOR TANK CREWMAN SCHOOL

FORT KNOX KENTUCKY
BELOW IS A COPY OF MY  DD214 SHOWING MY TERM  IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE .
March 1981 Marine Boot Camp Parris Island SC

 1st Battalion MCRD Platoon 1022.



After Boot camp I was assigned to Field Radio Operator Communications School at
Marine Corp Air Ground Command 29 Palms California.
Field Radio Operator Communications School
MOS 2531

Fleet Marine Force My  1st Duty Station

When I graduated from Communication School as a Field Radio Operator I was awarded the top 10% student in my class so I was awarded my choice of duty stations.

My choice of duty stations was  3rd Battalion 3rd  Marine Corp Division Kaneohe Bay Hawaii on the island of Oahu. 


Deployment Assignments

While in Hawaii, I was  assigned to  3rd Battalion 3rd Marines Division we were T.A.D. ( Temporary Assigned Duty ) With Naval Ships that were stationed at Pearl Harbor. We did 2 back to back six month deployments.
I served on the following ships

From Pearl Harbor  we 3/3 as a Unit traveled the Western Pacific for six months.
I served two of these types of six month deployments back to back totaling 1 full year.

I traveled to such places as but not limited to Hong Kong, Australia, Philippines, Korea, Okinawa Japan, Sasebo Japan, Iwo Jima etc.

While on these deployments I engaged in many Military Operations to sharpen my skills as a U.S. Marine to include but not limited to such operations  as " Operation Team Spirit" in Korea as well as many other operations.
In my first three years in the U.S. Marines I was promoted to the rank of Corporal ( E-4) I earned Corporal from a Meritorious Promotion 

March 1984 My three year enlistment contract had come to an end and I was Honorably Discharged.

I returned home to Flagler Beach Fla.


BELOW  IS A COPY OF MY DD214 SHOWING MY FIRST TERM  IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS.
BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF JOBS IN THE CIVILIAN WORLD I REENLISTED INTO THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS IN AUGUST OF 1984 I RE ENTERED AS AN E-4 CPL. AND WAS ASSIGNED TO HEADQUARTERS COMPANY 8TH MARINE CORP DIVISION AS A
FIELD RADIO OPERATOR.
2531
After serving there for several  months I volunteered for Marine Corp . Embassy Duty
MOS 8151.


 I went to Embassy School at MCB Quantico Va. 
                   After successfully graduating from MSG School and achieving a Top Secret Clearance.
              After Embassy School I was assigned as a Marine Corp Embassy Guard at the following embassies....
       My Primary Embassy was Budapest Hungary.
Please Note that Budapest Hungary was My Primary Station.
However I also served time , known as T.A.D. ( Temp Assigned Duty )
At the following Embassies . Vienna Austria for a few weeks , Moscow Russia for a Few weeks as well and Zurich Switzerland.
As an Embassy Guard we are the First Line of Defense Protecting U.S. Ambassadors and protecting U S Embassy s
BELOW  IS A COPY OF MY DD214 SHOWING MY SECOND TERM  IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS.
BELOW IS A COPY OF MY FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT FORM
 "THE BAD & THE UGLY "
                                                   I STAND BEFORE EVERYONE AND FREELY ADMIT THAT I HAVE A TATTERED PAST.
           I HAVE MADE STUPID, IDIOTIC , WHAT WAS I  THINKING, KICK MYSELF IN THE PANTS , JUST  " STUCK ON STUPID " MISTAKES.
                                                            I HAVE LEARNED FROM MY ERRORS AND I HAVE MOVED ON.
                                                                                                  THE MOTTO I LIVE BY
                                                 " FALLING DOWN DOESN'T MAKE ONE A FAILURE...STAYING DOWN DOES.

After My term in the U .S. Army Reserve I served two enlistments in the U.S. Marine Corps.
My First term of duty in the Marine Corps ended in March of 1984 with an Honorable Discharge,
However my second term in the U.S. Marine Corps did not.
  During My second term I did some things that can only be defined as idiotic and just plain stupid. I made some Very Bad decisions which resulted in being reduced from an E-5 Sgt to an E-2 PFC Plus released from The United States Marine Corps with
 " Under Other Then Honorable Conditions " OTH Discharge

An OTH is also known as  An Administrative Type of Discharge
TO READ MORE ABOUT AN OTH SIMPLY COPY & PASTE THE BELOW LINK  IN YOUR BROWSER
http://themilitarywallet.com/types-of-military-discharges/

Please allow me to make something Perfectly Clear.  I Still receive V.A. Benefits. ( There is a Picture of My V.A. Card Below )

2) One of the charges against me was that I was U.A.  ( Unauthorized Absence ) for over 200 days.
 I was Not and let me reiterate NOT charge with Desertion but instead U.A.

TO EXPLAIN IT MORE IN DETAIL . THIS IS WHY I WAS CHARGED WITH U.A. AND NOT DESERTION
THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE
U.C.M.J
ARTICLE 85 DEFINITION OF DESERTION
 Without authority goes or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to remain away therefrom
 " Permanently." Hence the Word  " Permanently " The primary difference between the two offenses is "intent to remain away permanently." If one intends to return to "military control," one is guilty of "AWOL," under Article 86, not Desertion, under Article 85, even if they were away for ten years. The confusion derives from the fact that, if a member is absent without authority for longer than 30 days, the government (court-martial) is allowed to assume there was no intent to return. Therefore, the burden of proof that the accused intended to someday return to "military control" lies with the defense. A person who is absent for just a day or two, then apprehended, could still be charged with the offense of Desertion, but the prosecution would have to show evidence that the accused intended to remain away permanently.
When I went U.A. I kept My Marine Corps . I . D. Card which showed I intended on returning to " Military Control "
                                                     MY LIVE AFTER I WAS RELEASED FROM THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS.
From the late 1980's to the early Mid 1990's   I continued to make ridiculously Stupid Mistakes. I had a low self esteem. Lost all motivation to do the right thing. I hung out with the wrong crowd and just  didn't care where My Life was headed. I couldn't hold down a job for very long. I was moving from place to place around the country. My life was not stable in the least. Because I chose to live life without caring about the circumstances I did live unlawfully. At that time in my life I cared only about one person, Myself,. I was self centered , self absorbed and didn't care how my actions affected others. I was a low down dirty dog. In that time of unlawfulness I had acquired a couple of speeding tickets. In 1991 I was also jailed a few times for Bouncing Checks and shop lifting. I own that I was a failure for awhile. I point the finger at myself. I was Stubborn, Bull Headed and again Very Very Selfish. It was after I hit the lowest point in my life  that I finally had an epiphany. To quote a scene from " Shawshank Redemption "  I needed to get busy living or get busy dying". Today My Life is much different. I choose My Friends more wisely. I will never allow negative people in my life again. My decisions are More Sound, More Intelligent, More Mature and More Unselfish. For Me I have learned that One Never Lives Until You Do Something Bigger Then Yourself. My Best Decision was to rededicate My Life to God. I am still an imperfect creature But Now God Controls The Helm of My Vessel... My Life . Life is indeed More Worth living now. Family that has forgiven me of my iniquities against them. I have a Beautiful Remarkable and Amazing Daughter who has Brought a New and Incredible Joy to My Life. I have Great & Loyal  Friends and over all My Life is Perfect.