Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of articles highlighting the military career of Rush County residents.
Rushville resident Max McMichael spent nearly half his life serving his country in the U.S. Army.
According to the U.S. Army website, the Army is a key component of the United States Armed forces, comprised of the best-trained, most dedicated and most respected soldiers in the world. A soldier in the army is the embodiment of physical and emotional strength and strength of purpose, defending our homeland and democracy worldwide.
Prior to his military service, many of McMichael’s formative years were spent in western part of the county. He attended Arlington Elementary School and then Rushville Consolidated High School through his junior year before his family moved to nearby Fayette County where he graduated in 1974.
During high school, McMichael worked at the Rushville Marsh Supermarket prior to a transfer to the Greenfield Marsh store. Following a truckers strike and a company cutback, he found himself unemployed and returned to Rushville to work at the P.H. Hirsh store. A year removed from high school, the economy once again took a downturn and again he found himself unemployed.
Although he wanted to be a pilot and join the Air Force, the lack of a college education was going to keep him grounded.
“The air force recruiter said that without a college education I could not fly a plane, but I could work on them. I said if I can’t fly them then I sure don’t want to work on them, so I went next door to the Army recruiting office. When the Army recruiter asked what I wanted, I replied, I want a job. He said well I can help you with that,” McMichael said with a laugh.