John R. Suffron

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  • Served April 1967 – January 1969
  • Vietnam War    6th Armored Cavalry
  • Radio Teletype Message Center Specialist

John grew up in Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan, and received his college education in Michigan State University.  He graduated with a B.S. Degree in Forestry in 1964 and a Masters Degree in Conservation in 1966.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army in April 1967, and served for 21 months during the Vietnam era with a radio teletype MOS.  He served as squadron message center specialist in the 6th Armored Cavalry at Fort Meade, Maryland until his early release in 1969 to continue his graduate studies.

In April 1970, he accepted a position as Environmental Manager with a copper mining company in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he remained for 15 years until becoming Executive Director of the Minnesota Forestry Association in April 1985.  In 1992, he and his family relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan area where they owned and operated a Children’s Orchard franchise for several years.  In 2012, he and his wife moved to Presque Isle, Wisconsin as a retirement destination.