Paul Sweet of New Berlin, Illinois served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 through 1969, most of that on the USS Canopus, AS-34, a submarine tender assigned to the Atlantic fleet. The ship operated out of Rota, Spain. Sweet first worked in the galley as a mess cook, then became a damage control firefighter. In 1976 he joined the 3637th Maintenance Company, an Illinois Army National Guard unit based in Springfield, and in 1980 Sweet transferred to the 183rd Fighter Wing in the Illinois Air National Guard, where he worked in the Civil Engineering section. During his many years in the 183rd, he went on several overseas deployments. After his retirement from the service, he was instrumental in the construction and dedication of the New Berlin Veterans Memorial in July, 2013.