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Updated: 12/23/2013 08:00:01AM

CHS teacher says the Army made him

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Pvt. Bill Gomes of Punta Gorda had just graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., in 1973 when this picture was taken.

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This is Staff Sgt. Gomes when he was serving with the 106th Military Intelligence Battalion in Alaska in 1993.

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Today, Bill Gomes is a math and science teacher at Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, the same school he graduated from some 35 years earlier.

By DON MOORE

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Until he was 18 and graduated from Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda in 1974, Bill Gomes spent most of his time in the saddle, working with cows on ranches in Charlotte and DeSoto counties. He was a “Florida Cracker,” a cowboy. He wasn’t much interested in his education.

Gomes’ view of himself and the world began to slowly change when he ended up in basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. The Army made him a new man by the time he got out of the service and went on with his life 15 years later, he said.

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