In this episode we will take a look at the amazing story of accomplishment done by a former US Marine, Dr. Lem Burnham. Recently his testimony was presented in a story found in The DODlive.mil website titled: Vietnam, NFL Vet-Turned-Doc: USMC Was My Foundation that was submitted by Katie Lange DoD News, Defense Media Activity.
Burnham came from a family of eight children in post World War II in Florida. His father left the family when young Lem was only six so he grew up without a father/male influence. Despite this hindrance he rose to serving a successful hitch with the US Marines, having a career in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and then as a college professor and teaches psychology students at Wilmington University in Delaware.
Early in his life Burnham knew he needed something. He said “I knew there would be an opportunity for me to learn and develop some life skills that I knew I needed to be successful that I had not had the opportunity to develop at home.” That’s when he resolved to join the Marines. “That was one of the most amazing experiences I’d had in my entire life, because I was in a leadership role, which I had never been in,” he said.
After a four year tour with the Marines that included thirteen months in Vietnam he went to school and earned a degree in psychology. After graduation his physical talents took him to the NFL. After a successful career with the Eagles he continued his education and earned a PHD.
For anyone who might be struggling with adversity he offers this advice:
“Read. Study. Do your research. Think for yourself and make critical decisions about your life and your future. Don’t wait for someone else to do it.”
Lem Burnham offers us all a fine example to follow.