Well you may be asking yourself the question
“Who is Richard Morgan?”
Well its a long story, but ill give you a few of the details. I explained a bit about my background and past in Episode 1 of my Podcast, but I will go over a bit about myself.
I was born and raised in a small town in Alaska, Our family was not a subsistence one by any stretch of the imagination, but we did live off of moose meat alot of the year as well as chickens we would raise in the summer. Our neighbor raised chickens and a goat, so we lived off of fresh eggs almost exclusively. In the summer we would catch salmon and freeze them for winter use as well as put out many tip ups on the lake throughout the winter to keep our freezer stocked. I spent my childhood in the woods running around and pretending driftwood pieces were guns and bazookas. This segewayed nicely into my decision to join the Marine Corps.
Marine Corps, Real Life and Iraq
Less than a week after I graduated from High School i was at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, questioning my choice of future career as I was being inundated with yells from various men in Tan Shirts and big green “Smokey Bear” Hats. After I graduated from boot camp I went to Infantry Training and was sent to the East Coast, where I was only with my unit for less than a month before we deployed to Iraq for the Invasion.
My second Deployment was to Fallujah in Late 2004 for the takedown of the city that was held by insurgents. The second deployment was much worse than the first in terms of combat and “incidents” involving friends. I wont go into the details, not because I am ashamed of what i have done, my feelings on my time in the Marine Corps, is i fought for my brothers beside me, nothing else, we did this job superbly and we accomplished our mission. In regards to combat, I dont see myself as anything other than a Marine, I saw more combat than most in the Military and less than others, i do not consider myself to be anything other than a normal Marine, not a big badass comabt vet or a junior rambo.
Post Marine Corps, and Normal life
After I got out of the Corps I came back home to go to school and get a “job”. I lived off of the GI bill, which was sufficient, but i decided to try and not work and focus completely on school. This didnt work out; the little savings i had was eaten up quickly. Mostly due to partying and trying to “have fun”, Im not proud of my behavior, i didnt do anything horrible, but i did not conduct myself in a way that was reflective of a mature adult. I ended up having to take part time work to pay the bills and got in a little credit card debt. A friend from my Marine Corps days was working in the private security in Iraq and offered to help me get a position, which i did and then prepared myself to head back the place I PROMISED MYSELF I would never return to.
I wont go into very much detail in this section, as I am still under security agreements regarding my work. The world of private security contracting isnt as glamorous as one would think, nor is it as “rambo” as it is made out to be in the media. There are bad apples that have done not so good things, however those folks dont last long, and there are bad apples in every bunch. I spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan during this period and then came home for good. During this time that same friend who got me the job introduced me to JW Rawles book “How to Survive the end of the World as we know it”. I originally thought this was some “militia” thing, but as I read the book it wasnt “extreme” at all, it was practical knowledge on how to prepare yourself for many eventualities, and some i had never considered. As i read more I learned more, i read more about how troubling our economy was and is, and how shaky a foundation it rests upon.
If you have any questions or just want to chat, email me and i will get back to you!
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