KHOU: When Vince Strain joined the Navy Reserves in May 1963, he had no idea he was starting a brotherly tradition. Vince was 17 and had to get special permission from his parents in order to enlist in the Navy Reserves. He went on active duty in September 1965. “I went down to Vietnam on two different occasions,” he said.
His younger brother Howard Strain enlisted in the Navy right out of high school, and also was deployed to Vietnam. He spent about a year in Cam Ranh Bay as an Airman, and received the Bronze Star Medal for his service. But the Strain brothers wouldn’t stop there. The next brother Charlie also enlisted in the Navy. So did the next brother Wally. And so did the youngest brother, John. By the time John enlisted in the Navy, he was deployed to the First Gulf War in the early 1990s. All five Strain brothers ended up serving in the Navy. “I guess all the rest of them just followed me. That’s all I can say,” Vince chuckled.