Thank You, America!

Autobiography of a Naval Career

Now available only in Kindle format or used from Amazon!


There are nearly unlimited opportunities for a career in the United States. A person can be the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation or a janitor, the possibilities are endless. However, many Americans got their start by becoming a military serviceperson. From personal experience, I can tell you that nothing compares to having the opportunity to be a part of the greatest fraternity in the world, that of a military veteran. I spent 20 years and two days (I wasn't counting) in the U.S. Navy and I wouldn't change my decision of that career path for anything in the world. It was my distinct privilege to have served with some of the finest men and women this country has to offer and if I had the opportunity to do it over again, I would do it in a heartbeat!

Thank You, America for allowing me the honor of serving you, the American people by playing a small part in maintaining what we enjoy in the greatest nation the world has ever known. I hope you will enjoy reading my book.


Captain John Rotruck, MC USN May 20, 2018 at 10:00 (Viet Nam time) became the Commanding Officer of the USNS Mercy Hospital ship.

CAPT Roruck (right) CAPT Roberts (left)

LCDR Shannan Rotruck, NC is now attached to the Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego. (Photos)

Barbara and I are lifetime members of the Vietnam Veterans of America South Metro Denver Chapter 1106. We are focused on reaching out and helping veterans!

I am really looking forward to hearing from you. Please join me on my Thank You, America Facebook page.


Photo by:
Veteran's Day 11/11/2007

What's it about?

Twenty years of laughter, joys, tears, and sadness. Look at some of the Excerpts to get a better idea of what Thank You, America is all about!

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Just published in Kindle format my new book: Life, It's Not Always a Bowl of Cherries, Sometimes It's Cherry Cobbler. A complete collection of my poems when I started writing them in 1994 through 2014..

Some of my poems are posted. Go HERE!

6/12/16 - I can't believe how many former shipmates and associates have contacted me since I published my book back in October 2009. What a wonderful way to rebuild old connections. It is now available in Kindle format.