In July of 1979, Jeffrey Dahmer was sent to my unit HHC 2/68 Armor. From the beginning, Jeffrey was a very racist individual. He was in his room in the barracks drinking Beefeaters gin and using racist epithets. He often talked about how his father taught him that he was better than everybody else. On October 5, 1979, I reenlisted for four more years in the Army. My platoon sergeant asked me to train Jeffrey, who was the new man in the unit. My platoon sergeant told me that after I returned from training Jeffrey in the field, he would send me to the sergeant board to be promoted.
Between October 5 and October 25, 1979, I was in the field with Jeffrey. At that time, Jeffrey was not licensed, and I had to do all of the driving. The training was with a tank unit and we were providing medical support. The last three or four days of the field exercise, our vehicle broke down and was towed to the train station, where we had to wait until the completion of the field exercise. During this three or four-day period. I was isolated and alone with Jeffrey. Somewhere in that time frame, I was sexually assaulted, which included penetration. I believe that I was drugged because I lost time and have memory gaps. I must have been so ashamed because I had very little recollection of the event.
On February 4, 1980, I left my unit and was assigned to Fort Dix, New Jersey. Prior to this incident, I was an outstanding soldier, as my record will show, but my career began to spiral downward following the assault. I married in April of 1980 and had marital problems from the onset. Many times, the MPs were called to my quarters for domestic disputes with my wife. I left for Fort Dix in March 1983, returned in March 1984, and was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas in early 1985. I was promoted to staff Sgt later that year, but I received a DUI off post and was reduced by one grade. I was having problems that I now believe were a result of the assault that occurred.
In May 1986, I was discharged from the Army under honorable conditions. I was a very bitter individual because I love the service and was angry that my career ended after nine years. My marriage had so many issues that my wife and I divorced in 1988, and we eventually lost contact. I lost contact with my sons as well due to moving so frequently and not keeping in touch. After leaving the military, my drinking increased and I received a second DUI in September 1986. Over the years I suffered from rectal problems and eventually had to have surgery to correct anal fistula’s and reoccurring hemorrhoids. I still blame myself for all the terrible things that Jeffrey Dahmer did to another victim.