Soldier joined the Army for his family and country
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Operation Vacation is a program that brings to the Roaring Fork Valley military personnel who have fought overseas. Bob Johnson, a Realtor for Vicki Lee Green Realtors, in Glenwood Springs, coordinated with the Army to create the program that hosts soldiers in Glenwood every month. Local businesses have donated dinners, entertainment, outdoor activities, lodging and transportation for Operation Vacation participants.This year, the program expands to Winter Park in Grand County and to Dallas and Austin, Texas. For more information about the program, or to make donations, visit http://www.operationvacation.org.Name: Troy W. MurphyAge: 25Place of birth: Williamsport, Pa.Branch of the military: Active ArmyFamily: My wife Teresa, and my two daughters, Kayla and MariahWhen and why did you join the Army? August 25, 2005, to better my family’s life and to serve my countryWhere have you been deployed? Iraq, FOB FalconWhat experience in your travels overseas most surprised you? You find out who you really are.First thing you’d buy after winning the lottery? A house with a big garageWhat do you like to do in your free time? Hunt, work on vehicles, drag racing, fish and being with my family. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Since 5th grade I have always wanted to be a soldier.Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: Someone always has it worse then you.Any tattoos? Yes I have five. Both my daughters’ names, my wife’s name, a patriotic one and chinese letters.If you could invite anyone in history to dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? Daniel Boone, I would serve deer steak. We would talk about what the hunting was like in his time.What’s the greatest invention of all time? The camera. To capture memories that will last forever.What’s your most memorable military experience? The last day I spent with a close friend before he was killed in action.What are you looking forward to doing while in Glenwood Springs? Enjoying time with my family. Doing and seeing new things.FavoritesMovie: The Fast and FuriousVideo game: Medal of HonorBreakfast cereal: Lucky CharmsMusic: AlternativeSport: HuntingTeam: Real TreeAthlete: Bill JordanFood: LasagnaTV show: Monster Garage
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