Spirituality Seekers

The director of the CRGC, Ulrich Rosenhagen, was interviewed for the online magazine CURB for a story on religion and fear.

In the middle of the night, David Giffey woke, grabbing for his rifle next to him in bed — but it’s not there. Just like it wasn’t there the last time he had this dream or the time before that or the time before that. After serving two years in Vietnam, Giffey was finally able to return home. While he left immediate danger on the other side of the world, his fears followed him back to Wisconsin.

Giffey grew up in Fond Du Lac County on a small dairy farm. As a young adult, Giffey worked for John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign before he could even vote, spent a few years at UW-Oshkosh, then dropped out when he scored a job working as the wire editor for a local paper. At 20, Giffey considered himself well-informed for his young age. What wasn’t on Giffey’s radar was the Vietnam War draft — at least not until 1963. He was drafted, and one year later, found himself on a ship to Vietnam with the 1st Infantry Division.

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