Veteran of The Week - Randy Himes

By: Ruben Borjas, Jr., Columnist, Montgomery County News
| Published 05/29/2024


CONROE, TX -- This week’s Veteran is Randy Himes, from Everett, PA, a small town in lower-mid Pennsylvania that is much like Montgomery. Himes was visiting a friend at The Lone Star Honor Flight Veterans Group in Conroe last Wednesday. Randy served in the U.S. Army from 1976 - 2004, as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical defense officer, ensuring soldiers were safe from respiratory concerns mostly. Himes accidentally injected himself with Atropine, the Army’s Nerve Agent Treatment, during a demonstration, and he reported having ‘cotton mouth’ or dry mouth afterwards. Randy was deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Randy spent 14 years of his 28 years of service in Okinawa, Japan, the smallest of Japan’s main islands, and a quarter the size of Montgomery County. He calls himself the former American Mayor of Okinawa. After his military retirement, Himes consulted with the US Marine Corps as a civilian on special projects for five years, and now he spends time with his 13 grandchildren. Good Luck Randy, and Congratulations on being ‘Veteran of the Week’.

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