From combat Marine to missionary
Last updated 6/6/2019 at 8:36am
It was an impulsive decision.
Born in Lakewood, Ohio, in 1945, Jerry Foster chose to join the U.S. Marine Corps in 1962, four days after he turned 17. He hadn’t even finished high school.
“I was borderline a lot of problems,” Foster said of his enlistment, thinking the Marine Corps would instill the self-discipline he said he lacked at the time. “Boy they sure gave it to me.”
He was assigned to artillery after boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. He started in fire direction control, plotting angles and trajectories of artillery rounds, before moving to the battalion command post lev...