Timothy Driscoll was born on Staten Island, New York on July 5, 1945. His father was a chef and the family moved a great deal. Tim attended more than 20 schools before graduating from high school.|
Tim worked three jobs after high school and was drafted in 1965, entering the service at Fort Lee, New Jersey. The barracks floors were so corroded they collapsed. Since Tim had worked on floors in civilian life, he told the sergeant that he could fix them. Before long there were ample supplies available to Tim to reconstruct the floors. Fixing floors kept him out of parades and exercise sessions.
He was transferred to Fort Leonard Wood where the weather was freezing. Here again, Tim's suggestions changed the way things were done in the field. Instead of coffee breaks, he had suggested hot soup, which helped with the weather.
When it came to going through the Obstacle Course, Tim completed the course so fast, the sergeant sent him through again and again. Everyone was prepared to go to Viet Nam. At the very last minute, Tim and two others were taken off the truck. Tim spent the next 100 days driving officers and officials around.
Tim was an E-4 Specialist and assigned to the 3rd Armored Division. He achieved a Marksman Award and a Good Conduct Award while in the service. He was eventually sent to Germany. His training had been in radio and truck and jeep maintenance. He spent 17 tense filled months in Germany. He was discharged in 1967 and returned home. Tim's Division received a Presidental Citation.
After leafing the service he got married and was living in New Jersey when the Twin Towers were destroyed. Tim's son and wife worked in and near the Towers. Both could have been killed except for pure luck. Tim had a job where he had to travel a lot. By mistake, his wife took his car keys and had to turn around and return home. Tim's son was working on the 35th floor of the Towers, but at the time the plane hit he was in the basement getting supplies. The family moved to Connecticut but within a few months his wife was laid off. These events convinced Tim and his family to move to Saline, Michigan where he now lives with his wife. His daughter lives nearby with her two children.