Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, should find all of us sharing our appreciation with those who selflessly served our country. The brave men and women who chose to put on that uniform, willing to sacrifice everything for their country and those who reside in it, deserve far more than one day of honor and praise. Shelby resident, Tim Duve, is one of those people.
Duve has spent his adult life serving people, through his service in the Army, working for Easter Seals for over a decade in Great Falls, as a CNA in Shelby and countless volunteer hours in the community. When Duve took his enlistment oath it wasn’t for just his time in the Army, it was for life.
“Once you take your oath, it’s for life,” said Duve. “I’ve spent my entire adult career taking care of people. The last five years before I retired I worked for the City of Shelby, mowing and taking care of the parks. Before that, it was all taking care of and serving people.”
Duve is a 1970 Shelby High School graduate. About a year after graduating, at 19-years-old, he decided to join the Army and spent the next 10 years serving his country, mostly overseas.
“I spent more time overseas than I spent stateside,” recalled Duve. “I spent six of the 10 years overseas, a little bit here, a little bit there.”
Duve couldn’t specify exactly where overseas, or what he was doing in particular, but did share he held secret NATO clearance.
“I did a lot of security,” said Duve. “I was in the Army, but was always stationed on an Air Force Base. We provided the security for the bases, ground to ground, ground to air and air to ground.”
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