may be valuable for you to know I was "raised" in a military
academy as a young boy. I starting living there in the
second grade, began trumpet lessons, joined the military band, with
transition to a private school and then to junior high school where
I played "morning colors" and joined the marching band.
I continued to play "colors" in high school and joined
Army ROTC, the drill team and rifle team and became drill instructor
for our school marching band. Subsequently I was made a "petty
officer in command" in Navy boot camp and, to the relief of
my fellow cadets, placed into the Drum and Bugle Corps. where again
I was selected to play "colors." Upon graduation I was
transferred to the US Navy School of Music only to fulfill my ultimate
destiny, seemingly the whole purpose to my life, as a Bugler aboard
the U.S.S. New Jersey, BB-62.
further my paramilitary experience in college I was in competition
marching bands which all in all enhanced my deep appreciation for
the military. I am now editor for my American Legion Robert Allen
Romo Post 422 newsletter in Rialto, California. I love the military
as my father did. He was a "cannonier" before WWII. I,
like my boy, am fascinated by the military's ancient roots going
back thousands of years to Achaemenid (Persia, 580 BC) before the
Roman and vast Chinese armies. I also admire the law and order as
outlined in the UCMJ whose ancient text seems to be universal to
every military command on earth. This I taught to my children who
will, someday, be amongst our future leaders, My military experience
also gave me resolve to create a site that was not so military orientated,
a bit of a departure and a little bit more personal and not so serious.
There seem to be plenty of those.
this site will emphasis my personal experience living in the U.S.
Navy aboard ship and ashore. Nearly everyone I knew in the service
were optimistic, full of life, clearly understanding his obligation
and responsibilities to his crew mates, his command, to himself
and of course his country.
difficult as duties and times were aboard ship, nearly everyone
enjoyed and thrived with life with their own personal goal for the
future with admiration for those shipmates around them and appreciation
for what they all achieved.
web site will be an ongoing effort. I'll be adding, and perhaps
subtracting, to its contents as time goes on.
To help maintain the accuracy of this site, your positive comments,
constructive criticism and especially corrections and additions
will be very much appreciated.
is my sincere hope and prayer that our current conflict in the Middle
East ends as quickly as possible with the advancement of lasting
peace the United States has spearheaded around the world since the
presidency of Ronald Reagan. We are now in the early stages of a
massive war against international terrorism. Sadly, it will not
nation in the history of mankind has ever done so much good for
so many as the United States of America. There is not a nation on
earth that has not been touched by the generosity of the people
of this great nation and there is no reason to apologize for America,
as some of our so-called leaders have been asserting lately. We
live in a strange age where we have a presidential candidate endorsed
by the Communist Party, the very ideology our men fought and died
to defeat in Vietnam.
American goals and ideals have always been honorable, unselfish
and fair as has been the men and women who fought and died for America
in the name of liberty and justice for all. You and I are truly
blessed to have been a part of this great American epic of justice,
generosity and sacrifice. I can never say "Thank You"
Bless all of you who have touched my life thus giving me purpose
to live with good values, good friendships with fond memories, and
lasting hope for the future for our families and our magnificent
The 'Bert the Bugler' cartoon character (black and white drawing)
was hand-drawn by Tom Marquez. Tom was my Studio
Manager and Senior Designer at TriAd Advertising Design for many
years. He drew the little fella in 1988 at our 'D' and 16th Street
studios in San Bernardino using pen and ink on vellum. It was designed
for use on my new ham radio QSL card, a post card used to confirm
Amateur Radio contacts. I scanned the image from the vellum using
Adobe Photoshop just for this web site.
The whole logo
including the Tom Marquez drawing and background graphics consisting
of the colorful word "Bugler", triangle, circle and rectangles
was designed by yours truly (Bertrand Trottier). Designing logos
is what I do best. It was a challenge adapting Tom's comical character
of 'Bert the Bugler' into anything other than something humorous.
It's a great drawing and I wanted so much to share it on this web
site. I tried all kinds of motifs and arrangements to make the design
more serious but nothing worked. So I was forced to concede that
the logo for my web site was going to be some kind of fun design.
This is important, as I tell my clients that the motif of the logo
dictates the style of the company materials and projected corporate
image (for example McDonald's fun arches vs the IBM stoic and simple
block letters ).
I used a contemporary
version of design elements from the 1960's, an era I grew up in.
I wanted to make it colorful, complimenting Tom's start black and
white cartoon image.
The photos are
all mine except as noted. A few researched photos are included (which
should be obvious) to help explain my story. A great deal of the
color photos were made with my Canon FT-QL camera purchased at the
Base Exchange in Subic Bay, Philippines with the help of famed photographer
such as those from the School of Music were taken by friends to
whom I'm very grateful. You don't realize at the time how valuable
pictures like these are until many years later. I was never one
to collect pictures of myself. There are many family pictures to
which I don't have access to that would be more fulfilling than
the few I have included on this site.
Historical Information And Graphics
All the designs, logos and other graphics were generated by yours
truly. Logos and graphic illustrations were created in CorelDraw
and assembled in Macromedia Fireworks. The Flash movie at the beginning
of this site was created in Macromedia Flash. The whole assemblage
was completed in Macromedia Dreamweaver where text, photos and other
objects were put in place. A few photos were gathered from other
sources, which should be obvious. All material of a technical or
historical nature was well researched and authenticated. Those who
know me know what I stickler I am about authenticity.