Sergeant Major William Bowles had an amazing career that stretched from Post-Word War II Germany as a young signals operator, to becoming one of the original members of the Special Forces Regiment.  As a Special Forces Communications Sergeant he deployed to South Korea, conducted a top-secret mission to Laos, and was with the first two ODA’s to arrive in Vietnam.

Thankfully, he recorded his experiences in a fictionalized manner, names changed to protect the innocent, in his novel, Covert Loves.  I was honored to have the chance to ask Sergeant Major Bowles a few questions after reading his book last month.

JM: In your book Covert Loves you write about the period in which the US Army desegregated. While there was some presumption that this would create chaos in the ranks it seems that it was a far cry from the apocalyptic scenario that some would have believed. It struck me that this was also the case with the recent repealing of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” now allowing gays to serve openly in the military which has also shown its self to be a non-issue. What do you think this says about the United States military? Are we sometimes more progressive than the media and the public would give us credit for?

WB: I think that it says that the military is an equal opportunity career, It also says that the military follows the US laws while it’s members do give up some rights upon entering the military. Discipline is the name of the game and the military demands and enforces it to its everlasting credit.