Growing up in an orphanage in Pennsylvania, Robert Mitchell longed for adventure. On his 18th birthday, he thought he might have a way to satisfy the urge–he joined the Army.
At the peak of the Vietnam War, he knew he would be sent overseas.
And he was.
Instead of tearing through the jungles of Southeast Asia, Mitchell found himself tearing up the rifle range as part of the Rifle and Pistol Team.
Instead of jumping into foxholes, he instead jumped hurdles, competing against legendary track stars like Willie Davenport.