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Uncategorized | January 16, 2019

Jimi Hendrix playing his guitar with a friend while in the Army. (1961-62)

Source: Reddit

Private Hendrix, are you experienced? How did Jimi end up in the army. In 1961, the Seattle native had a few run ins with the law over a few stolen car matters. So he was given the choice, spend two years in prison or join the Army. Jimi was 19 years old and chose the Army. He was stationed at Fort Ord, California and completed eight weeks of basic training before being assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Hendrix told his father in a letter:

 “There’s nothing but physical training and harassment here for two weeks, then when you go to jump school … you get hell. They work you to death, fussing and fighting.”

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