11-09-2009, 05:33 PM
Last year on Veterans Day I asked you all about your service and to thank you for serving.
I remember some great stories and if no one objects I would like to do it again this year. It was so interesting to see where and how you served our country.
Thank you for your service and tell us all a little bit (or a lot...) about your service.... this is not to exclude those that did not join the military so maybe you can share about a dad or uncle or even a female relative.
Stay well and really glad to see the forum back up. I missed it.
11-10-2009, 08:17 AM
f, thanks for starting this tread. My 22 years were somewhat uneventful, long hours, staff work, redoing staff work until the boss was happy after 30 or 40 revisions. With that said, I would like to mention my father. Fought in the Pacific
during WWII. Bronze Star with "V" Devise , Soldiers Medal for heroism. May he rest in peace with all who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and God bless all who served and continue to serve this great country today.
11-10-2009, 03:09 PM
Former USMC, 1974 - 1978. American Embassy, Yaounde, Cameroun and Am. Emb., Madrid, Spain.
My father was a Marine but served stateside. One of my uncles was a Marine and served in the Korean War. Another uncle was in the Army and fought both in Germany and in the Pacific. My Godfather (uncle) was on the USS San Francisco during the war with Japan. My grandfather was a private in the Army and trained mules in Fort Bliss for WWI. My younger brother was a lifer in the Army.
11-10-2009, 05:11 PM
Those were the DAZE!
11-10-2009, 06:55 PM
Pilot , USMC, 67' - 74'. Flew Fighter and FAC. Florida, Mississippi, Texas, N. Carolina, Vietnam, Okinawa, Thailand, California.
11-12-2009, 08:00 AM
Thanks for sharing the info.
Mark your dad sounded like a great man.
Trucha - pretty rich military family history!
Penguin..was one of your landings at Addis Ababa or Asmara ?
Vtloon - wow! question what does FAC mean...?
During my noon walk yesterday I saw an old timer getting out of his car with a VFW cap on.... I stopped and said Thank you for your service...he was clearly touched and said no one had ever thanked him for his service before!
Made my day.
Till next Veterans Day.....
11-12-2009, 08:26 AM
I served in the Navy during the Viet Nam War. Spent all my time (364 days) in the Delta of the Mekong River 7 months on a River Boat equipped with Tank mount flame throwers 40 and 20 MM cannons as a .50 caliber machine gunner.
The remaining 5 months I was on a very small outpost 12 klicks from the Cambodian border providing security for the transient "snake eaters" that were working intell recon and the "Phoneix Program". Mostlly Navy Seal units and Army Rangers some LRRPS and a few non military seriously spooky folks!
Personaly I joined the Naval Reserve to avoid being drafted and sent to Nam, a lot of things I palnned in my life turned out different than I hoped for but none more than this.
I have a cousin Jill that lives in Victoria Canada she offered to put me up in a cabin on the Bulkley River in Northern BC near the town of Smithers instead of going to Nam. Trust me I have pondered that different outcome more than a few times in the last 40 years.
But hey I did the right thing I paid a hell of a price as do all who serve funny thing is myself and most veterans don't hold it against the folks who did not serve.
11-14-2009, 07:47 PM
I was in the Marines -- from 66 to 90 -- 6 years active and the rest reserves. First enlistment I was in electronics and was sent all over I Corps VN from Khe Sanh across to Dong Ha and down to Danang. When I wasn't repairng radios, I helped plant electronic sensing devices in certain unmentionable areas. Served at Quantico in the unit that guarded the Capitol during the anti-VN War demonstration. Went into the reserves while I was a cop in D.C. and then on the west coast and got retrained as an interrogator and went back on active duty when the boat people came over(a substantial portion of which were not poor boat people but politicians and black marketeers, etc ), then back into the reserves in intell and as an OIC of an MP Company. Retired as a CWO4.
My grandfather fought in the Army in WWI; my father - Merchant Marines then Army - died right at the end of WWII a few months before I was born; my stepfather was in the Army and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge and wound up being one of 20 people who had spinal meningitis (sp?) for which there was no cure at the time -- those 20 volunteered to be guina pigs for various drugs to cure the infection -- he lived along with a few others of the 20 but it affected him for life.
I have multiple uncles and cousins who served during WWII and my brother was in the Air Force for a few years.
I have some relatives who fought with Mosby's Rangers (CSA) during the War Between the States and haven't been able to trace further back from there yet. Still working on that ancestry tree stuff which can be real interesting.