Monday, December 15, 2014

AASD Grad Master Sergeant - USMC - Retired - David Warden

David Worden
David Worden graduated from the Austin Area School District, Austin, Pennsylvania, in 1971.

Having a desire to see the world, he joined the United States Marine Corps after graduation.  He served  24 years, seven months, and 14 days attaining the rank of Master Sergeant.  During that period of time David visited many states including Hawaii, North Carolina, California, and Massachusetts.

During his time in the service, David performed work in a variety of occupations, in various locations, excelling at each and every one.  For example, he began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps as a truck driver and when the opportunity came made a lateral move to machinist. Although his specialty was mechanics, as he moved up in rank, he performed the duties of Drill Instructor and Inspector Instructor. and retired as an Ordnance Chief.  David earned his "sea legs" having served twice onboard two (2) U.S. Navy ships.

The most dangerous job David performed in the Marine Corps  was instructing and training Colombian Army Troops in the use, cleaning, service and maintenance of weaponry.  When his team landed in Colombia, they were picked up and driven to the Colombian Army Base in an armored vehicle and warned to keep a low profile during their stay.

One of Master Sergeant Worden's most rewarding experiences was leading the Toys For Tots Program while stationed in Massachusetts.  I could sense the pride in David's voice as he detailed to me the success he had developing relationships with Fisher Price and other organizations in seeking donations for children which the U.S. Marne Corps is noted for each year at Christmas time.  David said their would be tractor trailers delivering donations for this noteworthy endeavor.

Master Sergeant Worden is a Vietnam Era Veteran.  During his service in the U.S. Marine Corps he was awarded the following medals:

  • National Defense Service Medal with one (1) Star
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal with seven (7) Stars
  • Navy Commendation Medal with one (1) Star
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal with one (1) Star; and
  • Deployment Medal with two (2) Stars

While on active duty David earned a B.S. degree from Cal State in Machine Technology.

On June 21, 1975, David married his wife Leslie.  They have one daughter, Michelle.

David and his wife Leslie

David's daughter Michelle and her husband Pietro

David's granddaughter Gabriella

Michelle, Leslie, Gabriella, and Leslie's mother Jackie

David's hobby is Classic Cars. Pictured above with a First Place Trophy he won.

David returned to the area in 2011 to attend his Austin Area School District Class 40th Annual Reunion hosted by Bob Burgett.

David and Leslie currently reside in Twentynine Palms, California.

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