Ted Wan McDaris was born 3-DEC 1949 in Tulsa Oklahoma.  His parents were Wan Olan McDaris (1922-1990) and Norma Covington (1924-1989).  Ted’s father, Wan Olan McDaris was a World War II veteran.

Ted attended Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma where he played Varsity football and belonged to the Future Business Leaders of America.  Immediately after high school, Ted joined the Army at age 17.  He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Southwest Missouri, becoming a Combat Engineer in the Corp of Engineers.  After basic training, Ted was deployed to Germany for seven months.

While in Germany, Ted volunteered for Vietnam and would serve in country from 1968 to 1971 with the 199th Light Infantry.  The 199th brigade was activated on 1-JUN 1966 at Fort Benning, Georgia, as the 199th Infantry Brigade (Light), with emphasis on counterinsurgency operations and mobility.  The 199th later became known as the “Redcatchers” for its mission objective — to seek out and destroy Communist troops in Vietnam.

For the rest of Ted’s story, click on the pdf below.

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