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#1 middleageddeere OFFLINE  

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Posted May 04, 2011 - 05:38 AM

And not the type that fixes up animals. After Matt told us his story about giving the tractor to his vet neighbor, several vets responded on that thread. This got me to thinking about starting a thread where vets could post what branch of service they were in and where they were and what they did and any cool stories. I will add my own a little later.
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Posted May 04, 2011 - 06:17 AM

US Army, SP-4
4th Infantry Division
5th Battalion, 16 Artillery, Battery C
RVN 1968-69
Fire Direction for 155 mm, self-propelled (M-109)
Thanks for starting this thread.
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Posted May 04, 2011 - 08:36 AM

US Army, SGT/ E-5
34th Infantry Division
151 field artillery, Fox Battery
Fire direction for 155mm self-propelled also (m-109)
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Posted May 04, 2011 - 09:06 AM

US Army (SP4)
C Company 538th Construction Engineers
Korat, Thailand (Camp Samesug) Road Construction from Korat to Udorn aka Hwy 2
Sattahip, Thailand Airport construction to allow the B-52s to reload for Nam

Edited by ducky, May 04, 2011 - 09:14 AM.

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Posted May 04, 2011 - 03:24 PM

Well, I am a Marine. I spent most of my time in Okinawa, Japan with the third Marine Expeditionary Force. I got out as an E-4 cpl. But humorously enough I was promoted to E-5 sgt. after I got out. While I was in I was deployed to the majority of Asia (mostly on training ops.) but never the middle east. I was in from 2000-2004. I enjoyed my time in and if I hadn't met my to be wife, I most likely would not have gotten out.

The most impacting story I can remember was shortly after all my training, just after getting to Okinawa, was when 9-11 happened. It was very strange for us in particular because we received very little news and it was about 2 a.m. when we first heard anything. On top of all that we were still in receiving so no one had a TV or anything. It took a very long time before we got anything figured out. It was probably a week at best before we understood what had happened.
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Posted May 04, 2011 - 09:47 PM

I was a diesel mechanic in the Seabees. Deployment was at RED BEACH 3 Outside Danang VietNam in last of 1966/ early 67.So DUCKY< your the one responsible for all those ARCLIGHT episodes that kept us up all nite most of the time. LOL. Awsome time, wouldn't take money for experience, wouldn't want to do it againLOL. Seriously though, would like to see the country again in peace time. Awsome place, beautiful country. Did get to see the old city of HUE before it got messed up.

Best regards, George. Welcome home everybody, and THANK YOU!!!!! GOOD JOB SEALS, especialy the guy who popped him, wish I could have seen it.
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Posted May 05, 2011 - 03:12 AM

Navy, served on CVN-71 U.S.S Theodore Roosevelt.
I'm to long winded to type any good storys I can share right now.
I will say this though, active sonar does not sound like the movies, and if your below the waterline you will jump out of your skin every time you hear it...
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Posted May 05, 2011 - 02:13 PM

I was a diesel mechanic in the Seabees. Deployment was at RED BEACH 3 Outside Danang VietNam in last of 1966/ early 67.So DUCKY< your the one responsible for all those ARCLIGHT episodes that kept us up all nite most of the time. LOL. Awsome time, wouldn't take money for experience, wouldn't want to do it againLOL. Seriously though, would like to see the country again in peace time. Awsome place, beautiful country. Did get to see the old city of HUE before it got messed up.

Best regards, George. Welcome home everybody, and THANK YOU!!!!! GOOD JOB SEALS, especialy the guy who popped him, wish I could have seen it.


George
I never got to Nam. Spent all my time in Thailand.
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Posted May 05, 2011 - 05:27 PM

Ducky, I got to watch the B-52's take the top off several mountains nearby. They are awesome.
To everyone, WELCOME HOME!
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Posted May 05, 2011 - 07:55 PM

I'm not a Vet. Was classified 4F and was unable to serve. I just wanted to say a million thanks to all of you who have served this great Nation and secured the blessings of Freedom and Liberty for the rest of us! There's no way to say it enough except to say it every time you get the chance! God bless you all!
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Posted May 05, 2011 - 08:19 PM

US Navy Seabees, 1978-1988- US Army, 1989-2005, retired. Been all over the world. Too many commands to post.
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Posted May 05, 2011 - 11:27 PM

I'm not a Vet. Was classified 4F and was unable to serve. I just wanted to say a million thanks to all of you who have served this great Nation and secured the blessings of Freedom and Liberty for the rest of us! There's no way to say it enough except to say it every time you get the chance! God bless you all!




People now days don't realize what 4F means; that a lot of us didn't want anything to do with the service. They had draft boards to select us and send us a greetings form from our friends and neighbors.
I was told I had to go kill the yellow man and didn't like it one bit, but a combat tour in Nam and support tour in Desert Sheild/Storm; 23 years later I mustered out.
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Posted May 10, 2011 - 08:42 PM

I'm not a Vet. Was classified 4F and was unable to serve. I just wanted to say a million thanks to all of you who have served this great Nation and secured the blessings of Freedom and Liberty for the rest of us! There's no way to say it enough except to say it every time you get the chance! God bless you all!

Hey Casey
Not to worry.
Somebody had to stay here and keep things running.
Regards & Thanks.................Ducky
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Posted May 11, 2011 - 05:30 AM

Yeah, even if you didn't fight with a gun every single American has been a part of a war. We all experience it differently but the end result is that wars suck.
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Posted May 11, 2011 - 11:01 AM

U. S. Navy, IC1/SS, '80-86. WQDL- think that Sonar makes you jump on a CVN try it in a Sub!
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