Giving Thanks To One Of Our Veterans At HIT

Will Applegate has been a driver at HIT since June of this year, and we would like toapplegate thank him for his service in the US Military.  At the age of 17, Will joined the Army.  The time was early 1970’s during the Vietnam era.  He served for 3 active years in the 1st infantry division as a foot soldier; a “ground pounder” as he says they were called.  Will was stationed at Fort Riley KS, after his basic training in California.  After active service, he was in the reserves for 6 years.

Will says, “Basically as a foot soldier, we did arms training. I was in the Recon platoon – which is a scout platoon.  You would gather information in order to locate enemy positions, and then radio back for artillery, intelligence, or bomb purposes.”

“It’s hard to say what the most important lessons were from the army, but one was discipline.  When you start something, you get it done.  Make sure when you are sent to do something, you do it.” He explained that every man in the squad is responsible to see that the individuals on their squad are taken care of.   Soldiers are so close because you depend on each other to keep alive.  No man left behind – never leave a soldier down.

Will’s dad was a truck driver, which is how he got into the business.  Will went to work driving right after active service, and learned from his dad.  He was driving all over the country; he liked seeing the sights and experiencing the road.  He liked the independence of it – no one looking over your shoulder.  He enjoys local driving now, because it allows him to be home with his wife and granddaughter every evening, not having to miss stuff the way he did when he was out on the road.

We salute you, and thank you for your service!