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: A salute to all you veterans....

11-11-2008, 05:12 PM
To those who serve now and those who have served...Thank you..

I was USArmy 1960-1963 ... stationed in East Africa...time of my life!

how about some of you out there when and where ?

11-11-2008, 06:41 PM
I was "mostly" Air Force from '70-02...with covert spooky dark ops mixed in for good measure and "character building"... (1 out of 2 ain't bad!?)
'Still recovering from 13,000+ flt hrs in the pointy end under all metal wings...
'Slightly handicapped, moderately decorated, veteran with ISSUES!

Those other guyz would say... "OOOOOOO-rah!"
I'd say... "EEEEEEEE-yikes!?" :eek:

an early Orvus AK-47 weight...

11-11-2008, 07:48 PM
USMC ,1966 - 1974, flying Fighter and FAC, 6 years active duty/2000 flt hrs, U.S./RVN/Thailand. Long ago on a planet far away, but it still shapes the way I think.

11-11-2008, 09:30 PM
Yes, I never served...(303 in the first lottery back in 70 I think)...But my father did and and served in North Africa, Italy (Selerno and Anzio)... and up though Austria, France and finally Germany.... spent 4 years in the service, Under, Mark Clark and later Luciene Truscott.... 6th Corp... 5th Army...56th Signal Batt., Radio man, Darby's Rangers, Then 3rd Infantry division, and 45 Infantry divison (Radio and bazoka). July 23, 1918 - Sept. 11, 1999http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh210/striblue/DSC01100.jpghttp://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh210/striblue/DSC01099.jpg

11-12-2008, 05:03 AM
Did my time '66 to'70, USAF, stateside and remote AK. Had a great time and grew up, just a little bit.

11-12-2008, 07:38 AM
USMC 1951 197

Korea, VietNam

I'd do it again!

Sempre Fi,

To all my bothers in arms!

11-12-2008, 05:55 PM
Thanks Frank for the thread. It kiinda brings back memories, mostly good. USAF 59-68. Lots of good times, and a maturing experience. After high school I was "too smart" to continue my education. After basic training, I realized I wasn't as smart as I thought. Short story, the Air Force gave me a BS degree, and later with the GI Bill, a masters. As a veteran, I'm deeply indebted for the privilgege to serve and the opportunities afforded.

11-12-2008, 06:16 PM
Its great hearing all your stories ..... lets keep this thread going a few more days even though Veterans Day is over.... hope some others jump in..

John that was a great tribute to your dad....thanks for the photos etc... and thanks to the others.... some pretty interesting adventures eh ?

Jim I guess I was sort of like you .... at 17 out of high school not sure what to do and I enlisted... never regretted a day.... I still have contact with fellow soldiers and civilians from my days in Eritrea...... what an eye opening experience it was for a kid...

Stay well

11-13-2008, 07:00 AM
When I lived in Seattle I worked with a grumpy, ornery man who had a chip on his shoulder. I'm no mind reader but I had a suspicion it was a remnant of tough times in 'Nam.

One Veterans Day, I took him out to lunch. No one else would come. I bought lunch and asked him about his tour of duty. I can honestly say I get choked up right now thinking about the stories he shared with me that day. Getting shot down in a copter, the mangled rotors' momentum spinning the fuselage around like a top on the way down to a deep jungle crash, and worse.

In subsequent years I got almost the whole office to take out the vets on Veterans Day. Strong friendships emerged as a result of a little bit of understanding.

11-13-2008, 04:08 PM
USMC 74 - 78.

American Embassy, Yaounde Cameroun.
American Embassy, Madrid, Spain.
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