About the Author - Jesse Marcel Jr.
Pre-med undergraduate work was accomplished at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and I attended LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans, Louisiana graduating July of 1961 earning a degree in medicine. I then completed a rotating internship at the Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana.
I joined the US Navy in 1962 and was assigned to the USS Renville (APA 227) and shortly there after participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis attached to combat units as member of ship's company. The Renville then sailed for West Pac and then to the South East Pacific Area where we participated in combat training in case of enemy attack on the ship. After the West Pac tour, I completed my specialty training in Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. I then retired from the Navy in July of 1971 and entered private practice in Helena, Montana. I joined the Montana Army National Guard in 1973, went through helicopter flight training as a flight surgeon at Ft. Rucker, Alabama earning my wings in 1981. During my career in the National Guard, I was appointed State Surgeon of the State of Montana and retired from the military the second time in August of 1996 on my 60th birthday. The Iraqi war required my being called back to active duty in October of 2004 shortly after my 68th birthday. I then served as a flight surgeon for the 189th Attack Helicopter Battalion flying 225 hrs of combat while in country being discharged again from active duty in December of 2005 to the Ready Reserve.
I am currently employed as a specialist in Otolaryngology at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Ft. Harrison, Montana.