Veteran of the Week - Ericks King

By: Ruben Borjas, Jr., Columnist, Montgomery County News
| Published 02/15/2024


CONROE, TX -- This week’s Veteran is Ericks King. He joined the U.S. Army National Guard in 1988, where he served as a combat engineer, and actually drove one of the last remaining Jeeps in military service. In 1991, King went on active duty with the U.S. Navy, serving as a dental technician until 1994. He served on-board the USS Hunley (AS-31), based out of Norfolk, Virginia. The Hunley, a submarine tender that was named after the famous submarine that sank in Charleston Harbor in 1864, served six submarines, or boats, on Northern Atlantic tours. King not only provided dental service to his ship, but to hundreds of submariners, who rendezvoused with the Hunley at sea. Ericks has been in the dental industry ever since, and currently works as a Dental Technician at Conroe Veterans Administration Clinic, still serving Veterans and caring for their teeth, going on 12 years now. “I Love every minute of it.” King says. Ericks proudly showed his X-Ray gun, which enables for much quicker images reducing discomfort time for patients. He lights up the room, and makes his patients feel at ease when they come in for treatment. Congratulations Ericks on being ‘Veteran of the Week’.