A bit of a problem child, I was shipped off to Missouri Military Academy in the middle of my sophomore year of high school. There I was lucky enough to meet US Army Sergeant First Class Thomas A. Teel. TDY at MMA, babysitting a bunch of pretend soldiers, Teel was the kind of paratrooper you remember from the World War II movies about bridges too far or early June mornings in Normandy. A mountain of a man, you expected he jumped out of the airplane just so it could stay aloft.
Now, I can