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Title: Framily Veterans
Post by: threeful on November 09, 2011, 09:08:24 PM
One thing we always like when traveling are the great people we have met in CG's we stayed...many were ex-military.  I think it would be nice for the veterans of this forum to identify yourself.

Thank you for your service.

Bill T

Recon Platoon, 1/22 Infantry,  4th Infantry Division RVN
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bob Maxwell on November 09, 2011, 09:10:37 PM
Bill, thank you for serving.  See you down the road. . .
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Frank Hurst on November 09, 2011, 09:16:43 PM
Thanks Bill.
Maybe I will see you around sometime.

Frank Hurst, 2nd Air Division Veterinarian, RVN 1965
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wizard46 on November 09, 2011, 09:34:31 PM
Glad to be here and thanks to all the others.

Jerry Potter    US Navy 1965 to 1969
USS Albany CG10, USS Charles F Adams DDG2 ( soon to be on display at Jacksonville Fl.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: grump on November 09, 2011, 09:37:33 PM
Larry T Bravo co. 1/20th 11th brigade, Americal, '68-'69.  Thanks to all for support and sevice
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Just Lou on November 09, 2011, 10:02:01 PM
US Navy, '55 to '59.   Aviation Electronics Tech - E5.  VF-143 and VA-121, both "tail hook" squadrons out of Miramar Naval Air Station, California.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: NY_Dutch on November 09, 2011, 10:29:10 PM
US Army, RVN 1962-1966
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: PancakeBill on November 09, 2011, 10:48:08 PM
Sgt, USAF, 1968-72, Bien Hoa and Da Nang, Munitions maintenance Specialist.

Seymour Johnson AFB NC, Hill AFB UT (met and married Jolene while at Hill)

Thank you to all that served!

Add my Dad who some of you know, still an active RV-er.  US Navy Radio Op, WW2, Phillipines.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Ray D on November 09, 2011, 11:15:24 PM
U.S.A.F - 1956 - 1960. Fire Control Systems Tech. 2 yrs Ready Alert Crew, with F-102, Air Defense Command.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on November 09, 2011, 11:35:13 PM
USN '60-'77...USNR '77-'85 AQCS (E-8) Aviation Fire Control (now Aviation Electronics Tech - ATCS) - VAH-8 A-3D Sky Warrior (USS Midway CVA-41), VA-75 A-6A Intruder (USS Kittyhawk CVA-63), VF-41 F-4B Phantom (USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42) - and a few places in between.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Water Dog on November 09, 2011, 11:51:10 PM
Sgt. U.S. Army 1967-1969 Transportation - Long Bin, Bien Hoa, Cam Ranh Bay, Viet Nam....Thanks to all of you.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on November 10, 2011, 12:08:04 AM
Bill,

Thanks for your service. US Navy 1960-1964, Electronics Technician,E-5,  All Destroyers. WestPac cruise '62/'63.

I just met a gentleman at Yellowstone last week. He was a River Rat in Viet Nam. I thanked him for his service and he told me nobody said that when he returned. Had a nice chat with him. I'm sure he has a lot of tales to tell that would make many shutter. God Bless all who have served our country proudly!!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Cummins_powered on November 10, 2011, 12:52:10 AM
US Army 1995-2002

I'm still currently working with the Army and right now I'm in Afghanistan. I'm working as a defense contractor right next to the soldiers everyday. Heading home in about two weeks for the Holidays and can't wait!

Thank all of you for service.

-Rob
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ceemike on November 10, 2011, 04:39:31 AM
Sgt., US Army, HHC, 313th RR Bn, Nha Trang, RVN, 1968-1971.

Thanks to all who served.

Mike Wagner
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Rancher Will on November 10, 2011, 07:02:43 AM
Enjoy this site and the discussions.

USAF Sept 1949 - Sept 1954. Tyndall AFB 1949-1950. Korea 1950 - 1953. Fairchild AFB 1953 - 1954
S/Sgt 92nd Air Police - 4th District OSI
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: gotago2 on November 10, 2011, 07:30:34 AM
USMC 67-70, RVN 68-69.  USAF Enlisted 73-79,  USAF Officer 79-90. = 20yrs 3 months

Thank you all for serving with me.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: edjunior on November 10, 2011, 07:40:06 AM
USAF, MSgt, Retired, Morse Intercept Operator, 1980 - 2000. 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: raz06759 on November 10, 2011, 07:55:30 AM
USAF, 1957 to 1980 with SAC (Strategic Air Command) worked with B-36's, B-47's, and Da BUFF mostly....  22 years, 4 months, and 28 days.  Dubious distinction of having been selected for 3 RVN tours......1965, and 1967, AND 1970 with Combat Skyspot (Arc Light Missions) !!!!!

Many thanks to ALL our vets !!!!!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rls7201 on November 10, 2011, 08:52:05 AM
Spc5. 8th Sig Btn, 8th inf div, US Army Europe. 1964-1967
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: llib enad on November 10, 2011, 09:37:10 AM
Drafted - Army - 56 - 58.  Stationed in Germany and was in Band.  Nice duty with lots of travel.

Bill Dane  CC  Allure  99
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Pierat on November 10, 2011, 10:25:20 AM
SSG E-6, US Army, 1962-67, intelligence analyst: UN Interrogation Center (502d MI Bn), Seoul, Korea; STRAC Hq Intel, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; US Army Map Service Far East (29th Engineer Bn), Tokyo, Japan; 171st Imagery Interpretation Platoon, G-2, USARPAC, Ft. Shafter, Hawaii. Afterward, the GI Bill for college was a wonderful thing!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rogertre on November 10, 2011, 10:34:45 AM
United States NAVY  1970 - 1993. Aviation Fire Control Tech (AQCS). Vietnam '72, Iran '80, Libya '86.
Thanks to all that served, even a day.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Godward on November 10, 2011, 12:12:24 PM
US Army 1954 to 1957.  Anti Aircraft Artillery radar mechanic on M33 firecontrol systems.  Ft. Bliss, El Paso TX and Showa AF Base, Japan
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ArdraF on November 10, 2011, 12:37:11 PM
I've just read through all of your entries.  What a wonderful group we have here!  Many thanks to all of you.  We already have next to the coffee pot a reminder to put out our flag tomorrow morning.

ArdraF
One very proud Army Brat
Tokyo 1949-1950
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Yellowboat on November 10, 2011, 01:13:16 PM
Thanks for the post and to all that have served.  Last year we wintered in Southern California at Military Bases.  Plan to do much the same this year.

1968 - Drafted US Army
1968 - 1969  Door Gunner - Vung Tau, VN
1972 - 1979  Drill Sergeant - US Army Reserves
1981 - 1995  Flight Engineer Chinook Helicopter - US Army Reserves

Retired SFC (E7)

JD
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: CHRIS_USMC on November 10, 2011, 02:11:34 PM
Hello there fellow veterans!!.......
   
Still on ACDU in the Marine Corps......since 1997.....

SSgt C. E. Boyler
1st Tank Bn, 1st Marine Division.....29 palms, California...
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Icemaker on November 10, 2011, 02:28:59 PM
Hey Guys...glad to be aboard ..

USN MM on CLG-7 Springfield, DD-864 H.J.Ellison
crossed over to CB in a stint  in the USN-R
It was a great time to be in the service and I wouldn't be the man I am to day w/o the training.
It wasn't a popular time for public support. The only time a war is glorious is from the politician's point of view because he won it.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Paul & Ann on November 10, 2011, 02:39:50 PM
Sgt. D Co. 1/6 198th LIB, Infantryman, HHC 1/6 198th LIB, Radio Operator, Americal Division, Chu Lai,  RVN 1970-1971

Wouldnt want to do most of it again, but wouldnt trade the experience for anything.

Paul
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on November 10, 2011, 02:58:39 PM
U.S.Army.... 67-70.... BIG RED ONE...Wheel & track Mech  / no go RVN, Capt. said I was so crazy I might kill someone.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on November 10, 2011, 05:12:17 PM
Thanks to all that served.   USN  1970 - 90   AD-1 AW   Once around the world, a rodeo and numerous goat ropes.  USS Midway   USS Enterprise  El Centro, Corpus Christi, Nas Whidbey and points in between.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ceemike on November 10, 2011, 05:15:57 PM
Wouldnt want to do most of it again, but wouldnt trade the experience for anything.

Well put, Paul.  My sentiments too.

Mike Wagner
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Ron from Big D on November 10, 2011, 05:38:14 PM
Staff Sargent USAF 1950-54.  Aircraft Mechanic Instructor and Flight line Inspector.  Training Command.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: soilboy on November 10, 2011, 08:28:18 PM
Sgt. USAF 1972-1976,  Firefighter
Fought the British at RAF Mildenhall
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: gwcowgill on November 10, 2011, 09:40:11 PM
USAF retired, Thanks to all who served!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: M1894 on November 10, 2011, 11:05:18 PM
USAF retired 1953 - 1980.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Alaskansnowbirds on November 10, 2011, 11:32:18 PM
Received this from my brother. He was a helicopter pilot in RVN. Recipient of Distinguish Flying Cross.

To Honor You On Veterans Day

WELCOME HOME…

We share something very special, you and I, a certain bond forged through our mutual experiences in the military and possibly time in Vietnam.

On Veterans Day we remember the many blessings that we enjoy today were secured for us at a great price.

Freedom isn’t free!

Our freedom, peace and prosperity were preserved by you and other veterans who proudly wore the uniform of our nation’s military. You were willing to risk everything for America.  We live in the freest and greatest nation on earth, thanks to you and our other brave veterans. May you enjoy all the blessings of liberty which you preserved for us, and so richly deserve.

Remember Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American G. I. - One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.

May God bless each of you.

 
Myself:

United States Navy

U.S.S. Enterprise CVA(N) 65 · 1962 to 1963 · Norfolk, Virginia Photo Lab
U.S.S. Observation Island EAG154 · 1963 to 1965 · Cape Canaveral, Florida Photo Lab
Naval Weapons Evaluation Facility · 1965 to 1969 · Albuquerque, New Mexico Photo Lab
Kenitra Naval Air Station · 1969 · Ville De Kenitra, Kenitra, Morocco Photo Lab

United States Air Force

Beale Air Force Base · 1972 to 1976 · Marysville, California 456th Avionics Maintenance Squadron Radio shop
Beale Air Force Base · 1976 to 1977 · Marysville, California 9th Avionics Maintenance Squadron Radio shop
Eielson Air Force Base · 1977 to 1980 · Fairbanks, Alaska 5010th CAMS Radio shop
Wright Patterson Air Force Base · 1980 to 1983 · Dayton, Ohio 4950 Test Wing ARIA Aircrew

Here is a video that has been around awhile but I enjoy it every time I watch it.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2487638612433437293&q=Vetera

Thank you all for your service and God Bless those that gave their all.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jeff on November 10, 2011, 11:43:05 PM
USAF 1961-1965 New Zealand, Antartica 1963, Korea, Saigon, Takli Thailand 64-65.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on November 11, 2011, 02:10:36 AM
Don,

I've seen that video before and it is a keeper. All who have served have participated in a special rivalry between services. We have pet names for each other which are tolerated by all. However, don't let anyone who has not served try to use those names!!!! :)

All are brothers under one flag and nobody will ever take that away from us.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Ernie Ekberg on November 11, 2011, 06:39:22 AM
SSgt USAF-67-71 Reese AFB, Lubbock, Tx.-Air Training Command
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Ernie n Tara on November 11, 2011, 09:14:51 AM

SSGT US Army 1964-1967. Instructor: Hawk Missile System Pulse Acquisition Radar, Battery Control Central, and System Simulator Repair.

Freedom has never been free - Thanks to all who've served!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on November 11, 2011, 02:23:10 PM
Sgt. D Co. 1/6 198th LIB, Infantryman, HHC 1/6 198th LIB, Radio Operator, Americal Division, Chu Lai,  RVN 1970-1971

Wouldnt want to do most of it again, but wouldnt trade the experience for anything.

Paul
Kudos Paul, none of us would want to trade any of our Service for a socialist type of existence, all of us Americans have fought for (or have supported Freedom) that's who we are.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on November 11, 2011, 02:41:12 PM
Sorry for the double post...

But did not go far enough for the Veterans Day spirit.  Thank you all that have served, thank you my brothers and sisters.  We went into the unknown, worked, played, fought and cried, we were there.... Keep fighting Americans, we hopefully will prevail over the worlds communist and evil that attempts to prevail over our living Constitution.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: raz06759 on November 11, 2011, 03:41:39 PM
Many thanks to those whom have served, regardless of the branch of service.  We are all brothers and sisters !!!!!

Marty, AKA razu13612, now raz06759 !!!!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: waroland on November 13, 2011, 08:29:14 PM
We are proud of all who served!

SSGT USAF 1961 - 1968 - Aircraft Eletronics Equipment Repairman
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wendy on November 13, 2011, 08:40:24 PM
Sgt US Army 1975-1978, Training NCO
 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on November 14, 2011, 04:10:22 PM
My my... bunch of Service members round here!

11yrs USMC, EOD, MSG, Combat Engineer.  Semper Fi.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: dsrtrdr on November 15, 2011, 04:58:38 PM
Standing Tall and a sharp salute: Thank you fellow vets for your service to our country
USN Fleet Marine Force: platoon radioman  RVN 1971
Welcome Home...Bro!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: retusn on November 15, 2011, 10:52:21 PM
AK1- Retired
1968-1970  USS Hornet CVS-12  (Gulf of Tonkin - Apollo 11 & 12 pickup)
1970-1970  Memphis Tennesee  "A" School
1970-1971   NAS Atsugi Japan (Supply Dept)
1971-1972   NAS China Lake, Ca
1972-1975   COMFLEACTS Okinawa
1975-1978   FASOTRAGRUPAC San Diego CA (Training Command)
1978-1982   VA-95  A6 Squadron NAS Whidbey Island Wa
1982-1988   FASOTRAGRUPAC San Diego Ca

Thanks to all the Vets who served as you allow us the Freedom we currently enjoy.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rvpuller on November 21, 2011, 06:39:19 AM
USCG 1968-1973, EM2 (electrician) USCGC Woodrush WLB-407, Group Sault Ste Marie

Denny
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on November 21, 2011, 09:26:00 AM
AK1- Retired
1968-1970  USS Hornet CVS-12  (Gulf of Tonkin - Apollo 11 & 12 pickup)
1970-1970  Memphis Tennesee  "A" School
1970-1971   NAS Atsugi Japan (Supply Dept)
1971-1972   NAS China Lake, Ca
1972-1975   COMFLEACTS Okinawa
1975-1978   FASOTRAGRUPAC San Diego CA (Training Command)
1978-1982   VA-95  A6 Squadron NAS Whidbey Island Wa
1982-1988   FASOTRAGRUPAC San Diego Ca

Thanks to all the Vets who served as you allow us the Freedom we currently enjoy.
retusn...you're not following me are you?  I spent time in Memphis (of course) in '60-'61 and again in '63-'65, hit Atsugi in '62, Whidbey Is. in '62-63, China Lake in '65-'66 and A6's in '67-'68.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: retusn on November 21, 2011, 09:36:14 PM
Molaker,
    That is kinda strange.  Just a few years apart, but the same places.  I finally retired in 1988 in San
Diego.

Bob
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jeff Brown on November 22, 2011, 07:53:23 PM
2/75 1994- 1997
1st SFG 1997-2001
US ARMY SSG 18E

Jeff
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: MikeCoke on November 23, 2011, 04:47:49 AM
Sgt. USMC active duty 5/68-4/72
Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician F4 Phantom
VMFA 531 El Toro, Ca

VMFA 212 Kaneohe, Hi
Got to fly back seat in the F4 best ride ever.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jagnweiner on November 23, 2011, 04:56:13 AM
Capt, USAF (JAG), 1994-2000.  10 years in the private sector and now I'm an Army civilian attorney.  In Kuwait right now for a few months, then headed to Afghanistan for 6 mos. next year, which will hopefully provide the finances to become an RV owner.   ;D
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on November 23, 2011, 09:03:43 AM
Mike,

Didn't know you worked on the F4. One of my favorite planes of all time. Thought you might enjoy this photo I took back in '08 during a Blue Angels show at Kennedy Space Center.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ZuniJayne on November 23, 2011, 01:06:05 PM
U. S. Army:

1975-1978, Transportation, 5-ton tractor-trailer driver at Ft. Polk and commercial semi in Germany.

1981-1985, Electronic Warfare, signal intelligence ops in Berlin before the wall went down.

Thanks to all the sisters and brothers who served!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Ron from Big D on November 23, 2011, 01:09:40 PM
Jim:  Here is another F4 taken at Oshkosh.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on November 23, 2011, 03:48:05 PM
Sgt. USMC active duty 5/68-4/72
Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician F4 Phantom
VMFA 531 El Toro, Ca

VMFA 212 Kaneohe, Hi
Got to fly back seat in the F4 best ride ever.

O my the memories... Flat out, F4, my favorite ever.  I remember when the top speed was not listed (most probably would have torn the airframe apart).  I was stationed at Kaneohe Bay, 84'-87'.  Came close to the back seat ride, requested for my re-enlistment... real close, like that week then someone got wind of it and no-go >:(.  Had a few friends on the VMFA side, I was over attached to 2/3 in 3rd Combat Engineers.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on November 23, 2011, 06:34:10 PM
Wow, the memory's!!  I worked on the F-4N and F-4J on the Midway,VF-161  from 74 to 78.  The J-79 engine was the best.  I did maintenance turns almost exclusively for 2 years. My favorite turn was what I called the explosion test.  This test was to check for weak turbine blades.  Quite simply if you spit blades out the back it failed.  I would do a high power turn. A guy in the back seat pulled the CB for the afterburner fuel control as I moved the throttle to the afterburner detent.  At the count of ten he would reset the CB.  Boom!!--ten seconds of fuel @1800gpm would ignite.  I never did fail an engine.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on November 23, 2011, 11:18:34 PM
Ron,

I noticed the tail numbers are close, 478 vs. 490.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on November 23, 2011, 11:19:35 PM
Okay you Spook men, did any of you ever do Top Gun at Yuma?  Or hot pad duty at Key West (Boca Chica)? Or smuggle Coors back to the east Oceana in a blivet?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: MikeCoke on November 23, 2011, 11:34:03 PM
O my the memories... Flat out, F4, my favorite ever.  I remember when the top speed was not listed (most probably would have torn the airframe apart).  I was stationed at Kaneohe Bay, 84'-87'.  Came close to the back seat ride, requested for my re-enlistment... real close, like that week then someone got wind of it and no-go >:( .  Had a few friends on the VMFA side, I was over attached to 2/3 in 3rd Combat Engineers.

I feel we were lucky because any flight that did not need the RIO in the back seat we enlisted got to ride. Bombing flights were really fun. We did have to go through a training course that included a high altitude chamber and sitting in and firing an ejection seat. I have pics I took during some flights but they are packed away.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: MikeCoke on November 23, 2011, 11:40:50 PM
Okay you Spook men, did any of you ever do Top Gun at Yuma?  Or hot pad duty at Key West (Boca Chica)? Or smuggle Coors back to the east Oceana in a blivet?
While with VMFA 212 in Hawai 2 of our F4s with 2 flight crews and support crew that included me were sent to Miramar for TopGun and each of us were awarded a TopGun Patch. While with VMFA 531 at El Toro we went to Yuma for a month and one of the things I remember from that was one of our F4s dropped his bombs late and wiped out several Mexican's cows that had to be paid for.
Coors beer I took 2 6-packs back to Hawaii is a carryon bag and when they inspected it all he said was good choice.
 
 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on November 24, 2011, 12:19:43 AM
No Coors in a blivet.  Do remember the brown shirts surrounding a blivet on a F-4 returning to the ship from Cubi Pt.  San Miquel at sea -- priceless!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Clay L on November 24, 2011, 10:21:01 AM
Army ASA (Military arm of the NSA) 1962 to 1965. Special Indentifcation Specialist - MOS 054.2
3rd RRU Vietnam - Dec 62 to Dec 63.
Thanks to all that served.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rogertre on November 24, 2011, 05:22:30 PM
San Migel was hard enough to drink at Cubi Pt. not to mention having it warm on the ship. I preferred Bloody Mary's at the Sky club just after duty section muster, the boss said something about biting the dog that bit me, so I went along. Hangover city. Oh to be young again.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Ray D on November 24, 2011, 07:21:32 PM
Quote
biting the dog that bit me,
Our expression was "Hair off the dog that bit me."  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on November 24, 2011, 10:10:43 PM
San Migel was hard enough to drink at Cubi Pt. not to mention having it warm on the ship. I preferred Bloody Mary's at the Sky club just after duty section muster, the boss said something about biting the dog that bit me, so I went along. Hangover city. Oh to be young again.
After 65 days on Yankee Station a warm San Miguel wasn't that bad.  Especially with a sweet young thing sitting on your lap at the Copacabana or East End Club.  Just watch out for the butterfly knife, though.  With those short mini-skirts, I never did figure out where they kept those dang things.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bob Buchanan on November 26, 2011, 01:18:19 PM
USN '55-'59. Home ported at the Destroyer piers in Norfolk.

Saw some limited action in the Mediterranean. I recall after 3 weeks at sea sitting in a bar in Barcelona with 2 shipmates drinking 5 cent a bottle Thor beer while feeling the hand on my knee of the blond young lady that sat down beside me - when the shore patrol came and ordered all personnel back aboard ship. Seems the British had just bombed Cairo, ships were sunk in the Canal, and that phase of the continuing mid east crisis had just begun.  The 6th fleet Destroyer force was immediately ordered into the area.

Aside from that, "What am I dong here" moment - would not trade my Navy time for any other facet of my life. Also, my Dad was exNavy (a pharmacist Mate) and was very proud of me for joining the Navy as I did.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Just Lou on November 26, 2011, 02:21:08 PM
Quote from: Bob Buchanan
USN '55-'59. Home ported at the Destroyer piers in Norfolk..........
........... would not trade my Navy time for any other facet of my life. Also, my Dad was exNavy (a pharmacist Mate) and was very proud of me for joining the Navy as I did.

Bob it appears we were in the Navy during the same period of time, but oceans apart.  The young lady with her hand on my knee had black hair.

Your mention of the pride your Dad had in your Naval Service brought a humorous (for some) memory back to mind..........

My mother had six brothers;  five of whom were regular ARMY with considerable battle experience in Europe during WWII.  To that poor southern Illinois farming family, any reference to Americas Fighting Forces was synonymous with the word ARMY.   When a much younger brother later joined the Navy, my mother asked him why he had joined the Navy, and his answer was, "to stay out of the Army"

I'm sure he was simply stating his preference to serve in the Navy v/s the Army, but my mother apparently saw his actions as less than a sign of bravery, since years later, when I joined the Navy and my own brother joined the Marines, I recall hearing her tell anyone who asked, that she had "one son in the Armed Forces and one in the Navy". ;D

I suppose I should have corrected her, but I never did.  It hurt a little at the time, but makes for a funny story now.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: glen54737 on November 26, 2011, 08:11:43 PM
Electrician's mate 2nd 1982-1988 USS Indianapolis SSN-697 in Pearl Harbor.
 
UNSR 1989-1991 USS Exploit mine sweeper out of Newport R.I.

I remember seeing the Arizona memorial every day for the first 6 months.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wendy on November 26, 2011, 08:14:12 PM
I remember seeing the Arizona memorial every day for the first 6 months.
That could be depressing.
 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jandespiller on November 26, 2011, 08:50:57 PM
S/Sgt, USAF, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Tech.Strategic Air Command,1952 to 1956.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on November 26, 2011, 10:09:45 PM
That could be depressing.
To me the Arizona memorial was never depressing.  A solemn appreciation for those it entombs and a reminder of the cost of freedom, but never depressing.  The memorial was completed just before my first Hawaii visit on board the USS Midway.  The liberty launch taking us from Ford Island to mainside passed by the memorial and it was thrilling to be able to stand at attention and render a salute as we passed.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on November 26, 2011, 11:35:06 PM
Tom,

When I was aboard the USS Buchanan, DDG-14, as part of the Commissioning Crew, we did our shakedown cruise to Hawaii. We pulled in the morning of the dedication of the Arizona Memorial. Manned the rail in whites for what seemed like hours. :) It is an inspiring memorial which does remind all what it takes to preserve our freedom in difficult times.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Ron from Big D on November 27, 2011, 09:19:05 AM
Jim:  On that 478 vs 490, I also noticed it was a poor photo of mine.  I think I had copied a small version of the original shot.  It pixelated pretty bad.  I believe the F4 was also the largest fighter that the U.S. ever used in combat.

If I'm not mistaken, the F4 used an Allison engine, which I did some testing of when I worked for them in 1955-56.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on November 27, 2011, 09:38:53 AM
    If were talking about the F-4 Phantom, built by McDonnel Douglas, it had engines made by GE.  The GE J-79 was a single spool, variable pitch compressor with afterburner.  I think it had 17 stage compressor and 3 stage turbine.  May be wrong on my numbers after 35 years and lots of beer. In full afterburner it consumed something like 36000 pounds of fuel per hour.  That was per engine.  Amazing engine.   
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on November 27, 2011, 09:41:14 AM
If I'm not mistaken, the F4 used an Allison engine, which I did some testing of when I worked for them in 1955-56.
The F4 used two J-79 (General Electric) engines.  The F3 Demon had an Allison J-71.  Maybe that's what you worked on.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rbell on November 27, 2011, 10:49:56 AM
USAF 1962-1966
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: glen54737 on November 27, 2011, 12:40:45 PM
To me the Arizona memorial was never depressing.  A solemn appreciation for those it entombs and a reminder of the cost of freedom, but never depressing.  The memorial was completed just before my first Hawaii visit on board the USS Midway.  The liberty launch taking us from Ford Island to mainside passed by the memorial and it was thrilling to be able to stand at attention and render a salute as we passed.
More my feeling about it too.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wendy on November 27, 2011, 12:56:37 PM
I think "depressing" was the wrong word. What I meant was perhaps "somber." There's a very strange feeling when you see it and when you're standing there on the monument.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on November 27, 2011, 02:52:20 PM
Yea, somber is the word.  I remember going over to Ford Island, was stationed at Kaneohe... can't believe it was like 26 yrs ago already... definitely a quite moment on the memorial.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Just Lou on November 27, 2011, 03:27:18 PM
Yea, somber is the word.  I remember going over to Ford Island, was stationed at Kaneohe... can't believe it was like 26 yrs ago already... definitely a quite moment on the memorial.

It was 54 years ago for me :) ;)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: glen54737 on November 27, 2011, 04:42:58 PM
Yea, somber is the word.  I remember going over to Ford Island, was stationed at Kaneohe... can't believe it was like 26 yrs ago already... definitely a quite moment on the memorial.
The boat was in drydock that pointed directly at the memorial it was right in front of me as i climbed the ladder every time I left.

I was there at the same time sure is hard to beleive that much time has passed.  I was 19 and now my grandson is almost 2.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rogertre on November 27, 2011, 05:06:18 PM
Jim:  On that 478 vs 490, I also noticed it was a poor photo of mine.  I think I had copied a small version of the original shot.  It pixelated pretty bad.  I believe the F4 was also the largest fighter that the U.S. ever used in combat.

The F-14 was a good bit larger than the F-4, I saw several times F-14's going off the cats over 65,000 pounds and likely would go off a lot heavier with a full load of ordnance. My favorite aircraft doing a supersonic pass was the RA-5C Vigalante, talk about a large aircraft, also had the J-79's as I remember.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on November 27, 2011, 06:58:59 PM
    If were talking about the F-4 Phantom, built by McDonnel Douglas, it had engines made by GE.  The GE J-79 was a single spool, variable pitch compressor with afterburner.  I think it had 17 stage compressor and 3 stage turbine.  May be wrong on my numbers after 35 years and lots of beer. In full afterburner it consumed something like 36000 pounds of fuel per hour.  That was per engine.  Amazing engine.
I believe that was the same engines they used on the B-52's except it had eight of them. I was raised under the flight path to McCoy AFB....they would rattle the windows on take-off.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jim and di on November 27, 2011, 07:18:10 PM
USN 1961-1965 DD-817, USS ALTAIR AKS-32
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Utclmjmpr on November 27, 2011, 07:34:20 PM
 USAF 478TH fighter group, 59-62.>>>Dan
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Just Lou on November 27, 2011, 08:10:03 PM
I'll wager that there is not ONE poster on this thread who can't remember their Service Number. (479-55-19)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jtcook on November 27, 2011, 08:22:59 PM
US Army 67 - 70, VN 67 - 68   RA11973147
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on November 27, 2011, 08:27:45 PM
   D80-23-28     I think it was while I was in boot camp or shortly after the military went to SSN. The push now is  to remove the SSN from all ID cards.  The House Admiral's card has already been changed, mine when I sign up for Medicare. 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on November 27, 2011, 08:33:05 PM
  I think B-52's had the j-57.  May be wrong, but.  The J-57 also used on F-8 with afterburner and the A-3 Skywarrior and probably others.  I believe the Boeing 707 used a non afterburning J-79 as well.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on November 27, 2011, 09:26:48 PM
  I think B-52's had the j-57.  May be wrong, but.  The J-57 also used on F-8 with afterburner and the A-3 Skywarrior and probably others.  I believe the Boeing 707 used a non afterburning J-79 as well.
The whistling J-57.  We lived right under the flight path at Whidbey Is. for a while (Victory housing).  At about 200-300 ft. on approach, the A-3 sure made itself presence known.
 
Just Lou...(513-41-27)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on November 27, 2011, 10:56:26 PM
543 58 97. I can even repeat it backwards! When I reported to my first duty station after A school the sentry asked for it backwards while holding my ID. I did it much to his dismay. ;D ;D Never forgot it after that.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rbell on November 28, 2011, 06:11:24 AM
AF16738736
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Utclmjmpr on November 28, 2011, 06:16:22 AM
AF16624101.>>>Dan
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jim and di on November 28, 2011, 06:33:37 AM
Funny how that service number never leaves you.  Also funny about a month ago I received a medal, for my navy tour in Gitmo and the blockade,  from the government. They were 45 years late. it just came in the mail.
Jim
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on November 28, 2011, 07:08:40 AM
Jim,

The Government has been late with a lot of awards for Vets. >:( At least you got yours while you could still appreciate it. Too many never saw theirs.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Scott-0168 on November 28, 2011, 07:33:25 AM


USN 1967-1971

Adak, Alaska
A- School in San Diego
USS Thomaston LSD-28- Home port San Diego





Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wendy on November 28, 2011, 11:45:50 AM
I'll wager that there is not ONE poster on this thread who can't remember their Service Number. (479-55-19)

And some of us remember the service number of that special someone we wrote to while they were overseas. I can still reel off Mike's. When I was in, it was SSN, not nearly as interesting as a seperate service number.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Dave R on November 28, 2011, 12:55:26 PM
Thanks to all. US Navy 64-68 Nas Glynco Ga, USNS Argentia Newfoundland, Nas Gl;ynco Ga. A/C 4 GCA

Dave
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jerrygroah on November 28, 2011, 01:00:25 PM
Jerry Groah

AF 19 months active duty 5 years 24 hour recall reserve. (never happened).
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on November 28, 2011, 01:05:34 PM
Lou..you're right..11884398 ;) and after being stopped so many times I can recite my DL number too, but can't remember my wife's cell phone num :-[
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Tom and Margi on November 28, 2011, 03:44:38 PM
Finally remembered to ask Tom for his service dates.
 
U. S. Navy, Storekeeper First Class, reserve 1951-1953, active 1953-1955, reserve 1955-1959.  Number 3390613.
 
Served aboard the USS Piedmont, AD-13, Destroyer Tender (flagship -- great food!)  Cruised to Sasebo, Japan and served reserve time out of Alameda Naval Air Station.
 
Gained MBA on GI Bill and managed stores in Marin County, CA for Longs Drugs Stores until retirement.
 
Margi
 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rogertre on November 28, 2011, 06:01:45 PM
I've been trying to remember my Service Number for days finally came to me.

D11-04-67.   Never used it other than boot camp stenciling used SSN after Boot camp.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jeff on November 28, 2011, 08:46:05 PM
USAF 16711133

How could you forget it?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Godward on November 28, 2011, 11:06:19 PM
I know it but I also currently use it for computer stuff so will not post it.  Now rifle numbers, NO WAY as I had too many different ones and it was a good thing I did not have to stand inspections after I got out of electronics school.   :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Alaskansnowbirds on November 29, 2011, 12:05:05 AM
My wife at the time could rattle my service number off but didn't know her own SSN.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Yellowboat on December 01, 2011, 06:32:08 PM
US 568 367 93   

Later changed from US to RA.

JD
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ceemike on December 01, 2011, 08:40:46 PM
I know it but I also currently use it for computer stuff so will not post it. 
Jim, I'm like you, I remember mine but use it for passwords, etc.  I'm also surprised at how much Morse code I still remember, & the Q & Z signals too. 

Mike Wagner
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: slypig on December 02, 2011, 10:07:35 AM
Thanks to all that served,
    And "Welcome Home" to all VietNam Vets.
 
Navy 68-72
   Boot Camp, Damage Control "A" School, Fire Fighting School, SERE School, 68-69
   Danang/Phu Bai Vietnam,  Navy Fire Dept. 69-70
   Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico Weapons Dept. 70-72
   No Ship Duty
Texas Army National Guard 80-86
   Calvary Scout 19D20
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: imadtchmn on December 06, 2011, 02:16:01 PM
U.S. Army Sp4 1972  - 1975 Flight Engineer 3rd seat chopper pilot. CH54 Skycrane. What a ride that was.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jeepfreak on December 08, 2011, 06:27:18 PM
USAF 1966-1970 605TH  Tactical Control Group, Clark Air Base Phillipines
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on December 08, 2011, 08:04:58 PM
USAF 1966-1970 605TH  Tactical Control Group, Clark Air Base Phillipines
Clark used to have a nice golf course.  Green fees and caddies were pretty cheap.  If I were able to play golf anymore, I'd like to play Clark again.  But, alas, there is no more Clark. :'(
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mnmnutswer on December 08, 2011, 08:15:35 PM
The military posts are open to everyone for play. Do not need to be military anymore to play there course's. Now that opens up a lot of course's to play accross the US.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Honest John on December 08, 2011, 11:36:01 PM
USAF Aircraft Weapons Specialist  1965 - 1989
Cam Ranh Bay RVN 1967 - 1968

My thanks, admiration and respect to all who serve!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on December 09, 2011, 06:46:46 AM
Clark used to have a nice golf course.  Green fees and caddies were pretty cheap.  If I were able to play golf anymore, I'd like to play Clark again.  But, alas, there is no more Clark. :'(

But the Cubi bar still exists. I think that's what they called it. :-) It was re-constructed at the museum in Pensacola.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Paul B on December 09, 2011, 07:24:15 PM
The tincan I was on at the time was on the blockade. No medal here. USN 60-64  8)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on December 09, 2011, 10:28:22 PM
Paul,

We were in the same years! Did you go through Great Lakes for boot camp? Might have been in the same company!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jim and di on December 10, 2011, 07:43:47 AM
The tincan I was on at the time was on the blockade. No medal here. USN 60-64  8)

Paul,
Turns out a lot of blockade ships did not get the medal and ribbon. The Navy changed the dates of the conflict and you might be in line for a medal. My ship was reclassified and our reunion team sent the paperwork to some part of the government. If you belong to one of the veterans organizations they should help you get the facts.
Jim
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: eugenegivens on December 10, 2011, 08:57:18 AM
65-66 hhc 299 eng.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Paul B on December 11, 2011, 09:17:15 PM
Jim

 I went through GLTC, company 398 & then to Fleet Sonar School in Key West.  ;D
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on December 11, 2011, 11:56:54 PM
I went through GLTC, company 398 & then to Fleet Sonar School in Key West.  ;D
Guess I was a bit behind you as I was in company 436.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on December 12, 2011, 07:23:45 AM
Jim

 I went through GLTC, company 398 & then to Fleet Sonar School in Key West.  ;D

Can't find my photo of the company but I'm pretty sure it was 136. Guess I was there first. :-) Reported 7 April 1960.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jim and di on December 13, 2011, 06:57:19 AM
Jim,
Company 126 but in March of 61
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Dave R on December 13, 2011, 06:59:26 AM
Company 250 June '64

Dave
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Theberrys on December 13, 2011, 09:23:19 AM
USN 1964 - 1970 Four West Pac Deployments.
FTM1 USS Canberra CAG2, CA70
 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on December 13, 2011, 03:44:34 PM
Jim,
Company 126 but in March of 61

They must have started over with the numbering system. :-)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rogertre on December 13, 2011, 06:08:49 PM
Is it just me or is the forum a little top heavy with old sailors. Makes sense, I know I've had enough time at sea to last a lifetime. My wife wants to go on cruises (went to Alaska) but I prefer the road. Seems a lot of other old "squids" may have similar feelings.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Conquest2011 on December 13, 2011, 06:45:19 PM
Like to thank all the Veterans of the Forum and to all who are not with us today for your service and sacrifice. To serve our great nation is an honor and privilege to uphold our freedoms and liberty.

USMC 1978 to 1981
Maryland Army National Guard 1988 to Present
MSG
58th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade  (BfSB)
Brigades Communication NCOIC
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on December 13, 2011, 07:13:09 PM
Can we blame the abundance of Navy and Air Force personnel to the use of agent orange on the Marines and Army. Just saaayin :-\
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Johnson on December 13, 2011, 07:29:41 PM
OP's please forgive my language, but "You have got to be shi+++++ me
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on December 13, 2011, 07:47:53 PM
But of course Jim :D Just recently found out that the Air Force had alot of contact with agent orange....loading and shipping......I was just jokin before.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Utclmjmpr on December 13, 2011, 08:41:33 PM
The old stereotype of "GROUNDPONDER" is still out there!!>>>Dan
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on December 13, 2011, 08:59:08 PM
Ground pounder"...Personally, as an old sailor who always had a decent place to sleep and a warm meal, I can't think of a better way to offer respect than to call someone a "ground pounder".
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on December 13, 2011, 09:06:27 PM
Thank you Molaker, I consider that a compliment. AKA "GRUNTS"

7th Infantry
24 th Infantry
1st Infantry...the big RED ONE
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on December 13, 2011, 10:22:19 PM
Is it just me or is the forum a little top heavy with old sailors. Makes sense, I know I've had enough time at sea to last a lifetime. My wife wants to go on cruises (went to Alaska) but I prefer the road. Seems a lot of other old "squids" may have similar feelings.

It may have a lot to do with the fact we all were deployed away from home, sometimes, for long periods. Probably instilled that wanderlust that keeps us finding the next road to travel. I still miss my time at sea but cruise ships just don't have the same feeling. We took one cruise many years ago and I really enjoyed being on deck at night watching all the plankton glowing in the dark!!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on December 13, 2011, 10:27:40 PM
Can we blame the abundance of Navy and Air Force personnel to the use of agent orange on the Marines and Army. Just saaayin :-\

Admiral Zumwalt was responsible for the use of Agent Orange from what I have heard. I'm sure he had a hard time when reflecting upon that fact since his son died from it. That was a bad decision which he had to live with for a long time.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on December 13, 2011, 10:38:16 PM
Didn't know that about the Admiral. That's gotta be tough.

 VA not too long ago admitted they had sprayed areas where I was stationed. Navy personnel were also listed as being exposed so I guess It went all around as an equal opportunity destroyer.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on December 14, 2011, 07:16:46 AM
When I worked at the RV dealership summers in CT the Service Advisor was retired Army and he is constantly going to the VA for checkups as he is suffering from Agent Orange. It's not to debilitating for him but he has his problems.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jim and di on December 14, 2011, 07:17:13 AM
After the navy I took comand of my own vessel, sailed for 30 years. Nights at sea were my reward for living all week on land. Raised a few kids on the sailboat. one went to Mass Maritime following her pop. Now its the RV and a small fleet of small power boats.
To me the connection is the Independence that the open road and the sea require. As a old salt said " There are no overpasses to pull under in a storm at sea"
I do agree with Jim Dick took a cruse when youngest daughter got married. OK just not for me, like my hand on the tiller/
Jim
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: threeful on December 14, 2011, 09:53:27 PM
Agent Orange...for all those who were exposed to this, you may be eligible for VA Benefits.  If for instance, you have CAD (ischemic heart disease) had bypass surgery, pacemaker, etc, prostate cancer, etc you are eligible for benefits and may include compensation.  Contact Your Viet Nam Rep, normally located in a VA Hosp or county offices.  Check w/ VFW American Legion for local Rep.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on December 15, 2011, 05:40:49 PM
I'm sitting here watching MSNBC's story on the troops heading home from Iraq.  It's been a long time coming.  Afghanistan is next, soon I hope.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on December 15, 2011, 05:53:32 PM
I'm sitting here watching MSNBC's story on the troops heading home from Iraq.  It's been a long time coming.  Afghanistan is next, soon I hope.
Everyone hopes it's soon, as long as it's not to soon, don't need another 2001 at home, that's for sure.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mnmnutswer on December 15, 2011, 06:43:11 PM
I have been in Iraq three years one as military and two as a civ contractor. I would say it is just a matter of time before we are back there.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rogertre on December 16, 2011, 08:37:25 AM
No need to ever go back. Nothing to be gained. Democracy is not a concept the coincides well with Islam, its hard enough in this country. I advocate the use of low veild special weapons. I'm sick of funerals for brave young Americans led by self absorbed political idiots all in an attempt to preserve the oil flow and the Jewish state. Drill, Drill, Drill in North Dakota and take the handcuffs of Isreal, the Isralies can take care of themselves.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim @ Fran on December 16, 2011, 04:42:30 PM
US Army 65-71 E5 Senior Personel Management Specialist stationed at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala...
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rogertre on December 16, 2011, 04:53:22 PM
I apologize for my lack of spelling prowess. I'm a poor speller on a good day but when my "blood is up" I can't spell worth a ship.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Scott-0168 on December 16, 2011, 09:08:00 PM
I have been in Iraq three years one as military and two as a civ contractor. I would say it is just a matter of time before we are back there.

Lets hope not!!!!

Scott
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Godward on December 16, 2011, 11:59:19 PM
From what I have read the conflict between the Sunni and Shia has been going on for a 1000 years and we have done nothing to resolve it.  Add to that the other non-Muslim minorities and everything is a tempest waiting to blow.

Mix well with a few fanatics and stand back.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on December 17, 2011, 12:19:01 PM
No need to ever go back. Nothing to be gained. Democracy is not a concept the coincides well with Islam, its hard enough in this country. I advocate the use of low veild special weapons. I'm sick of funerals for brave young Americans led by self absorbed political idiots all in an attempt to preserve the oil flow and the Jewish state. Drill, Drill, Drill in North Dakota and take the handcuffs of Isreal, the Isralies can take care of themselves.
Unfortunately, the world is a bit more complicated than this post and has been since the times of the Romans. 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Icemaker on December 17, 2011, 01:48:05 PM
I'll wager that there is not ONE poster on this thread who can't remember their Service Number. (479-55-19)

Haven't look here for a while...your bet's safe w/me...B205912
And my Mother stills remembers my retired Fathers, passed away in 78, and proudly she may get confused on the day of the week...but not his service number..
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DailyDriver on December 17, 2011, 09:29:37 PM
It's a privilege to post with you all.  My thanks to the many warriors on the forum, you are all heros...!

U.S. Army Infantry 1965 - 1974
89th Division
Basic Combat Training Company
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: MikeCoke on December 20, 2011, 03:19:45 AM
Just thought I'd post this pic I just found on the puter.
Taken sometime in 1971 at Kaneohe MAG 24 VMFA 212
 
Mike
 
 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on December 20, 2011, 05:52:59 PM
O my, have not looked up at those beautiful mountains in over 24yrs, was stationed at 3rd MarDiv, 1st Marine Brigade from 84'-87.  Sure was a pretty sight, never forget the first morning (arrived at night) looking up at that glowing green mountain.

Semper Fi
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Tom and Margi on December 21, 2011, 07:39:31 AM
This is quite somber, but also uplifting and beautiful:  Angel Flight.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70Ikj1hZDnw&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70Ikj1hZDnw&feature=related)
 
Margi
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ChiefM on December 26, 2011, 07:32:30 AM
Chief Warrant Officer 3
1985 to Present

Desert Shield/ Storm
Operation Intrinsic Action
Operation Bright Star
SFOR-9 Bosina
Iraqi Freedom
Afghanistan

Currently at KFOR-15 rotation in Kosovo.
God Bless all of our Veterans
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wendy on December 26, 2011, 11:18:46 AM
Thanks for your ongoing service Chief. Retirement and RVing approaches ?
 
Wendy
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on December 26, 2011, 11:06:26 PM
Chief Warrant Officer 3
1985 to Present

Desert Shield/ Storm
Operation Intrinsic Action
Operation Bright Star
SFOR-9 Bosina
Iraqi Freedom
Afghanistan

Currently at KFOR-15 rotation in Kosovo.
God Bless all of our Veterans


Hi CWO3,

Good to see you here. Thanks for your continued service to our great country!!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ChiefM on December 28, 2011, 03:36:10 AM
Thank you all,
I bought my 86 Chiefton before I deployed and it does have some issues that I plan on fixing when I get home. I always wanted a motorhome and plan on updating, repairing and then taking her out and making wonderful family memories. Thanks again everyone.

Retirement?
NO WAY!! 26 years and counting
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: BobNSam on January 17, 2012, 03:05:50 PM
"
MSgt (E7) USAF (retired)
1965 - 1985
Korean Peninsula during Pueblo Crisis 1968 (Kunson) F-4s, HH43 Pedros
Vietnam Tuy Hoa 1968 - 1969 F-100s, C-130s, Caribous, etc.
 Clark Airbase Philipines 1972 Operation Linebacker I and  II
25 years supporting our troops as a contractor for command, control, surveillance, intelligence endeavors in the US and abroad.
"
 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Seajay on January 17, 2012, 08:23:33 PM
C. Richard Cecil    ''Seajay''
US NAVY second generation 1958 / 1962
USS North Hampton CLC1  RM3
Norfolk Va home port
I am so proud to be a tiny part of such a great group of
men and women that have and are now defending this great
country we live in.
God bless our troops and bring them home safe...
God bless this great nation...
Thank a Veteran for your freedoms.   Some bought these
freedoms with their lives....... think about it.....cj
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: herd on January 18, 2012, 12:29:11 AM
United States Army, Airborne Infantry,  RA 12332194, 1 June 69 thru 2 Dec 70

173d Airborne Brigade, 1st Bat/Bravo Company/1st Platoon,  503d Infantry, Republic of Vietnam, '69-'70.

82d Airborne Division, 3d Bat/Alpha Company/Hdqtrs Platoon, 325th Infantry, '70-71.

Purple Heart, Bronze Star, CIB (Combat Infantryman's Badge), and Parachute Badge

Still love camping, but love RV'ing more!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: tallyo on January 19, 2012, 08:21:00 AM
USMC Sgt 1965-68 Served in Vietnam 3rd Battalion 1st Marines 106's.
Thanks to my fellow vets. It's a shame that it's taken so long for other folks to recognize military service. Always remember a line from a Rambo movie.
 "I only wish all Americans loved us as much as we love America"
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Photog on January 19, 2012, 10:42:38 AM
"I only wish all Americans loved us as much as we love America"
I couldn't agree more.  The pathetic treatment we got upon returning from Vietnam was uncalled for and IMHO unpatriotic.
US Army SSG 1966 to 1970.  RVN all of 1968.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on January 19, 2012, 04:21:53 PM
Agreed!! So glad to see troops being treated with respect now.  That disrespect shown in the 60's and 70's has a face in my minds eye...I remember Hanoi Jane everytime I think of it....NO.. NOT FORGIVEN!!!    >:(
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on January 19, 2012, 09:41:57 PM
I have had the privilege of riding with both the American Legion Riders and Patriot Guard. Both units have vowed our service personnel will never have to go through what the Viet Nam Vets endured. We have done funerals, unit send offs, unit returns, and WWII Vets return from D.C. I can't express the feeling that overcomes one when standing there honoring the Vets.

This summer in Yellowstone I met a Navy River Rat. I thanked him for his service. He told me that he never got that when he returned from Viet Nam. We spoke for a short time and I only wish I could have spent more time with him. I know he had tales to tell that would make one really think about what our military does for our country.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: FastEagle on January 19, 2012, 09:53:31 PM
USN 1957-1988 From Super Connies to the F/A-18.
DOD 1992 - 2002 Journeyman Aircraft Mechanic.
Then we went RVing.

Here are a couple of blogs I work on from time to time.

http://militaryaircraft-by-fasteagle.blogspot.com/ (http://militaryaircraft-by-fasteagle.blogspot.com/)
http://fasteagle-militarycampgrounds.blogspot.com/ (http://fasteagle-militarycampgrounds.blogspot.com/)

FastEagle
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on January 19, 2012, 10:18:48 PM
Jim..that reminded me of an inspection I had for a lady, she was adding a room on for her elderly father but unfortunately he had died the week before. One of the last surviving soldiers of the Bataan Death March.....wish I had been there weeks earlier. He could have had some heart wrenching stories, if he could have talked about them.   :'(
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Norm Nice Guy on January 20, 2012, 02:28:14 PM
US Navy Submarine Service Retired 1965-1985
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Scott-0168 on January 20, 2012, 07:33:36 PM
While I'm in Florida this winter and hanging out with veteran retiree's, the subject has come up about Agent Orange  benefits for Vietnam Veteran's. Anyone here have info here on the subject?

Scott - USN !967-1971
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on January 20, 2012, 07:59:59 PM
Best place to start looking is the VFW and the VA website. They have finally admitted to spraying  during my stay in Korea right where I was stationed. They told us they sprayed something on the trees to get rid of their leaves, this is so we could find the infiltrator's.  Even if you show no symptoms you should register with the VA just in cast they admit to spraying or storing it elsewhere. Navy and Air Force personnel have also been exposed to this chemical and have not know about it until now. This is also a place to start   http://agentorangelegacy.com/
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wendy on January 20, 2012, 08:06:35 PM
If a vet was in the right place at the right time, it's a given that you were exposed. Talk to your local VA rep or contact the DAV for help.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: threeful on January 21, 2012, 05:35:26 PM
Here is a good website to get some info.  If you are a Vietnam Vet go see a Vietnam Vet Representaive and discuss your concern with them.  They are an excellent source of information and advocate.

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: frederick on January 22, 2012, 03:41:58 PM
During the Cuban misslie crisis, I was standing next to a chopper with our duffle bags and weapons, ready to load up when given the notice.  I was 20 then and  in Aviation.

I came back from W. Germany in 66.  At the airport I sure didn't get the welcome wagon and were not treated  too well at some of the resturants.  I'm so glad that has changed.  God bless our troops, their familys, and all that have passed on.

Fred Rubio, US Army Aviation, 61 to 70

PS:  Anyone remember the CH 34s'  , Sikorsky helicopters ?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Derby6 on February 08, 2012, 01:04:10 PM
Not sure how I missed this thread for so long...

US Army Retired 1990-2010 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
Desert Storm/Shield
Bosnia
Kuwait (OIF/OEF)
Iraq (OIF)
Afghanistan (OEF)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: johnandcarol on February 10, 2012, 08:13:09 PM
Hi all, welcome home.
U.S.Army 65-68 RVN 67-68
Company A and B 4th Aviation Bn 4th Infantry Div.
Purple Heart, CIB, 12 Air Medals, Bronze Star, 100% DAV.
Lightly used class C.  Wife is retiring in May and will give the RV alot of use.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: motojavaphil on February 10, 2012, 11:45:16 PM
RVN 67-68, HHC 3rd Bde, 101st Abn Div,  Phouc Vinh
Enlisted and Officer
Retired
I still wear my Vietnam dog Tag, used to be for luck, now it is to remember who I am ;)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Getting Old on February 14, 2012, 02:36:20 AM
U.S. Army 1954-1956, Ft Ord,Ft Bliss, Camp Stewart  "B" Battery 425 AAA Bn. Savannah River Plant.

Bless us All.

Don
Post 419 American Legion
Santa Clara, CA
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Mr Bojangles on February 14, 2012, 04:32:07 AM
USAF  Jul55 to Jul59 - Sampson AFB, NY
                                   Lowry AFB #2, Denver, Colo.
                                   Eglin, Field #9, Fort Walton Beach, Fl.
                                   Gunnery & Bombing Range, Salina, Ks.
All good duty. Proud to have served.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: edavis2293 on February 16, 2012, 06:51:36 PM
U.S. Navy
1960-1964
USS Huse DE-145
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jnlo2000 on February 16, 2012, 10:30:39 PM
Thank you to all who have served and are still serving today!  It has been an honor and a privilege to wear the uniform.

Jim- US Navy ATC(NAC/AW) IFT P-3 Orion 1986-2007
Lee- US Navy AK1(AW) 1993-2005

Typical maintenance/supply type relationship...He broke it...I bought it!   ;D
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Carney3 on March 01, 2012, 12:33:08 PM
Thanks to all who served and are still serving.  No regrets!!

USAF E4

1987- 1990 Spangdahlem AB Germany - Personnel Specialist/Augmented SP/EOD GREAT TIME!!!!
1990 - 1991 Little Rock AFB AR - Personnel, Personnel Readiness Unit
1991-1997 Columbus AFB MS - Personnel Specialist Communications Squadron
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Utclmjmpr on March 01, 2012, 12:45:23 PM
I just discovered on the 25th of Feb. (by email) that my younger sister(4years) had memorized my service number when she was 14..
I told her that she was only two, of all the people on the planet, that had.!!>>>Dan
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: billandpam on March 02, 2012, 03:49:25 PM


     Thanks to all who are serving and to those who have served.




     USAF. E5
     LRAFB
     314 TPS
      71-75
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Greg 110 OVI on March 08, 2012, 10:14:12 AM
Army, VietNam era, 1 1/2 years incountry, 67B20 wheel vehicle mechanic. Last post served Ft Riley, KS. I was lucky. While incountry I was assigned to 44 Med GP.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: eugenegivens on March 08, 2012, 10:31:43 AM
eugene givens

299 eng. 65,66 veitnam
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: flashman6692 on March 08, 2012, 02:26:27 PM
Thanks to all who have served, past and present!
Army, 65-68 Electrician and medic (RVN 12th Evac Hospital Cu Chi 67-68);
Air Force 81-95, Flight Nurse (Desert Twins);
USPHS 95-08 (Immigration Health, Federal Bureau of Prisons)
Captain, USPHS (ret)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Willie1971 on March 08, 2012, 09:36:13 PM
Thats a nice thought to the OP.  I often wondered how many people served in this forum.  Was neat to see all the variety. 

Thank you to all who came before me.  I am currently carrying the flag for you all for at least another 4 to 5 years.  I am going up to 20 and we will see how the stripes are falling and if my wife will still be on board for more. 

I fly with Jstars out in Warner Robins now and Awacs previously with NATO and the fine folks out at Tinker AFB.

Jstars and Awacs typically get out to the fight right away and that has kept me in just about every conflict/war since 96.

If only we would go to war with someone that has beaches and trees and grass.  I have seen more sand than a lifeguard in the last 16 years and I hope I never see it again after my time is served. :)

Take care all and thanks for identifying yourselves.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on March 09, 2012, 07:58:34 AM
Willie,

Thank you for carrying on the torch! This country would not be what it is without the continued support from those that really love it.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: M1894 on March 09, 2012, 11:02:53 AM
Willie,

Just as I was coming up on 26 years I was alerted for a return shipment to Guam. When I told the wife, she allready knew, and informed me that she wouldn't be there when I got back from the assignment. Well so much for 30 years service, I retired at 26.


Lee
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Willie1971 on March 11, 2012, 09:59:38 AM
wow lee.

Well she gave you 20+ years of support.  I think anything you do for 20+ years might get old.  The few times I have been down in my career I sat down and thought of all the good that has happened to me and after a few beers I realized that life is not going to be perfect.  If you can get more good than bad in a career you are doing it right. 

Did she stay with you when you got out or was that it?  Hope you dont mid asking just wanted to see how the story ended.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: drakethib on March 11, 2012, 10:22:25 AM
Sgt., Louisiana Army National Guard, 1989 -1999.

Thanks to all for serving.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: M1894 on March 11, 2012, 12:45:02 PM
wow lee.

Well she gave you 20+ years of support.  I think anything you do for 20+ years might get old.  The few times I have been down in my career I sat down and thought of all the good that has happened to me and after a few beers I realized that life is not going to be perfect.  If you can get more good than bad in a career you are doing it right. 

Did she stay with you when you got out or was that it?  Hope you dont mid asking just wanted to see how the story ended.

Yesterday was 54 years, so I guess I'll just have to keep her for another 20+ years to make up for all she put up with so far.
By the way, she loves the RV lifestyle. I guess she just got used to moving around every couple of years.

Lee
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on March 11, 2012, 01:53:15 PM
O my... yesterday was your 54th Anniversary? If so, then congratulations.  We have our 22nd in a couple of weeks.  Met DW while I was an MSG, when ever I've had to take off she took-up the slack and was there when I came home.  I definitely owe this woman, she drives me almost as crazy as I drive her.... Would be completely lost without her, that's for sure.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: M1894 on March 11, 2012, 05:26:28 PM
O my... yesterday was your 54th Anniversary? If so, then congratulations.  We have our 22nd in a couple of weeks.  Met DW while I was an MSG, when ever I've had to take off she took-up the slack and was there when I came home.  I definitely owe this woman, she drives me almost as crazy as I drive her.... Would be completely lost without her, that's for sure.

Yup! it would certainly leave a hole in my life. If anything was to happen to her I just don't know how I would cope. As for picking up the slack when sent overseas, I don't know of many Spouses of military personnel who don't deserve all the praise that can be heaped upon them, And a large bouquet of roses quite often as well.
Thank you for the congratulations, The wife certainly deserves them for putting up with me for so long.


Lee
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: BobLove on April 02, 2012, 02:55:08 PM
21 yrs. 2 mos. 17 days with the Boys in Blue. SEA Vet (69-70).
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Olys45 on April 02, 2012, 07:41:50 PM
20 years (and 3 days, but whose counting) with the USAF.

89-93 consisted of BMT, Tech School (Chanute AFB, IL) and Ellsworth AFB where I met my "Rich Ranch Girl"  ::) :o and got hitched.

We were out for almost 2 years and then from 1995 to 2011 we moved from Mtn. Home ID, McConnell AFB KS, Fargo, Grand Forks AFB ND back to McConnell.

I drug the wife around for just over 18 years so I guess we are staying put for at least that long in her hometown out on the Prairies of Eastern Montana.

By that time we will have roots as deep as an old Cottonwood and plan on staying put!

Oly
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ChiefM on April 03, 2012, 03:51:50 AM
AMEN to the military spouse!!! My wife is the best ever. We have been together 8 wonderful years now, I am on my 3rd deployment since we got together and has not complained one time. She does it all when I am gone, I owe her big time.  :D
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: JW07 on April 04, 2012, 04:41:21 PM
  My hat is off to all who served in our military in the past, present, and in the future.

  US Navy 57 to 61 AT2 served with VW-4 better known as the "Hurricane Hunters" out of Jacksonville, FL.

Ed & Madge Wills
2006 R Vision 252DS
Plus the 2 Westies
Scooter and Candy
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: MikeyInNY on April 15, 2012, 09:17:12 AM
USN 1974-1994
USS Long Beach CGN-9 76-79
USS Arkansas CGN-41 79-82
USS South Carolina CGN-37 85-88
USS Long Beach CGN-9 92-94

My wife wanted to go on a cruise and I said why, I've seen the ocean.  Well, we went, and it was great.  I did tell her to stop taking pictures of the ocean, it will look the same every day.  So we have been on four cruises so far, with more to come.

Hello to all the vets and their families!

Mike


Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: N9ID on April 23, 2012, 07:32:48 PM
Thanks to all who served.

Mike USAF 73 - 80 E-5
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Great Horned Owl on April 29, 2012, 08:02:54 AM
Joel O

121st Signal Battalion, 1st Infantry Division.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bob Maxwell on April 29, 2012, 10:05:49 AM
Thank you one and all. You represent well all those now asleep and those who stand and wait. The RV Forum is honored by your presence and participation and many of us remember with gratitude all of you daily.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: afchap on May 07, 2012, 06:34:22 PM
75-80 USAFR;
Jan 80-Oct 2005 USAF active duty
...it was a great ride!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Kevin Means on May 15, 2012, 01:43:26 PM
US Navy 1977 through 1981 - HSL-35 (The Magicians) NAS North Island AW / SAR crewman on Kaman SH-2Fs.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Campfire RV on May 15, 2012, 02:22:53 PM
U.S. Navy 1991-2011

USS Sunbird (ASR-15)
USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3)
USS Cowpens (CG-63)
NCTAMS PAC San Diego
Naval Air Weapons Center Weapons Division China Lake
Forward Deployed Combat Repair DET A

Storekeeper 1991-2000
Information Systems Technician 2001-2011

Retired August 2011 onboard the USS Midway.


Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Drgonslyer on May 17, 2012, 10:09:12 AM
US Army 1964 - 1974 - got out when new volunteer army came in.
173rd Abn 1965-1967 RVN
Duster Gunner/Track Commander 1968 - 1969 RVN
Numerous other places - finished at Fort Bliss, Tx.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: 173dave on May 29, 2012, 11:24:26 PM
173rd Airborne Ranger Vietnam 1970 to 1971

Medicated for your protection
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on May 30, 2012, 08:22:27 AM
Army,  11B.  Grunt.

Basic and AIT @ Ft. Lewis, WA

Vietnam: B-3-8, 4TH Infantry Division.  September 1969 to Sep. 1970.   Mostly in the Central Highland jungles between An Khe and Pleiku.    Also the 1970 Cambodia incursion.

After Vietnam: Ft. Carson, CO.
-Don-  SF, CA
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Campfire RV on May 30, 2012, 09:27:00 AM
AMEN to the military spouse!!! My wife is the best ever. We have been together 8 wonderful years now, I am on my 3rd deployment since we got together and has not complained one time. She does it all when I am gone, I owe her big time.  :D

AMEN to the military spouse is right! I read the Navy Wife poem at the podium of my retirement ceremony last year onboard the USS Midway and it was so difficult for me to read because I broke down in tears after watching my wife crying so much, it was a very touching moment and this was something I had read over and over many times to myself prior with no problem. The military spouses endure so much while we are away, sometimes I believed she had it more tougher than I did.

Josh
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: edjunior on May 30, 2012, 12:06:55 PM
AMEN to the military spouse is right! I read the Navy Wife poem at the podium of my retirement ceremony last year onboard the USS Midway and it was so difficult for me to read because I broke down in tears after watching my wife crying so much, it was a very touching moment and this was something I had read over and over many times to myself prior with no problem. The military spouses endure so much while we are away, sometimes I believed she had it more tougher than I did.

Josh

I will add my Amen to the wife as well.  We're coming up on 30 years together and 3 kids.  She almost single-handedly raised the first two while I was off seeing the world (TDY's to various places).  I once saw a cartoon of a military man coming home to his wife and kids.  The kid looked up at Mom and said "Mommy, who is that strange man?"  That was me for the first few years of our marriage.  And she is still with me.  That says a lot!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on May 31, 2012, 12:14:58 AM
Josh,

I'm sure you have seen the saying "Navy Wife....the toughest job in the Navy!"
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Campfire RV on May 31, 2012, 08:53:22 AM
Josh,

I'm sure you have seen the saying "Navy Wife....the toughest job in the Navy!"

Yes, I have seen and heard that saying. It takes a special woman to endure the job and stress of being a "Navy Wife"!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wolf Pack Fan on June 07, 2012, 05:45:41 AM
Thanks to all that serve, all that have served and those that want to serve.

US Army 1976 -1996
Infantry 76-79
Air Traffic Control 79-84
Transportation & Logistics 84-96
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mdbass on June 12, 2012, 11:25:42 AM
Former Marine (airdale with VMFA 323) and Marine Security Guard (attached to the embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay). Semper Fi and oooh rah to my fellow Marines and a big dose of respect to my brother and sister vets out there!!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Hanr3 on July 22, 2012, 09:12:40 PM
Blessing to my fellow Service members. Thanks for your patronage!

USMC '81-'85
Adak Alaska, '81-82
Echo Company 2/9 Hell In a Helmet '82-'85
0331, 0341 Infantry Machinegunner-M60 Mortors-60mm
Over 3,000 miles in black cadilacs.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on July 23, 2012, 05:31:50 PM
Former Marine (airdale with VMFA 323) and Marine Security Guard (attached to the embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay). Semper Fi and oooh rah to my fellow Marines and a big dose of respect to my brother and sister vets out there!!!
Cool guys, was MSG, awesome duty!  USMC 83'-94.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: George Lewis on August 01, 2012, 12:30:37 PM
I put 29 years in the USAF but got out as I did not wish to make a career out of it.  I had 80% good and 20% bad.  Civilian job...70% good, 30% bad.  The AF was very good to me.  I was an enlisted airborne radio operator on a cargo plane during the Korean War/conflict/police action....The guys shooting at me called it a war....

Went to college on the GI Bill, got a commission and went back in.  Did Viet Nam. That was a war. I got to see much of the world.  I loved the AF, but was offered a job with Sony Corp. and worked for them fourteen years and the AF wanted me to go back to Korea for a one year tour. (wife stays home) She said NO!, been there, done that.  ha ha  Loved Sony.

Thanks to all for serving our wonderful country.

 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: sandeel on August 18, 2012, 07:49:09 PM
Served with the Naval Security Group, LT.   1969-1979....fighting the "Cold War".... through signal intelligence
National Security Agency (Telemetry Analyist)
Naval Post Graduate School - MSEE
NAVSECGRU HQTS - Research anb Development
NAVCAMWESTPAC - SECGRU Dept

Thanks to all who served and are serving now...
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on August 18, 2012, 11:49:24 PM
Bill,

Thanks for your service and welcome to the forum!!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Scott-0168 on August 19, 2012, 08:12:14 PM
Vietnam Vets don't forget to apply for your Agent Orange benefits. Go to your local VA office in your town or city to apply. Lots of info on line also.

Scott S.  :)  U.S. Navy 1967-1971 USS Thomaston LSD-28
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: eugenegivens on August 27, 2012, 05:19:26 PM
eugene givens 299eng/ 85 hospital unit
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Irover on September 26, 2012, 04:52:15 PM
God Bless Our Troops: Active; Inactive and may the memories of the deceased Veterans remain forever! FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!
Ed Boland E Company 123rd Maintenance BTN. Ist Armored Division. Illesheim, Germany 1971-1974 Sp/4th Class.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Roller4Tan on September 26, 2012, 06:45:57 PM
US Navy '67-'70 ABE3 CVA 19 USS Hancock
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bobtop46 on September 26, 2012, 07:10:06 PM
USN 24 years.  Electronics Technician Master Chief (Submarines)

83 - 87 US Navy Ceremonial Guard Washington DC
87 - 92 SSN 690 USS Philadelphia, Groton CT.   Desert Shield/Desert Storm
92 - 95 Fleet Training Center, Norfolk VA
95 - 00 SSN 764 USS Boise, Norfolk VA.  Bosnian conflict
00 - 03 Submarine Squadron 22, La Maddalenna Italy,  Operation Iraqi Freedom/Global War on Terroism (2nd Gulf War)
03 - 07 Submarine Traning Facility, Norfolk Va.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Henry Wishard on October 13, 2012, 04:23:23 PM
Served with 1st infantry 2/28 Black lions, Lai Khe was our base camp when we weren't out on Search & destroy missions. Served the full year of 1966. Thanks for all the brave men and women who was willing to put their lives on the line for this great country. God Bless you.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: OBrider on October 14, 2012, 03:26:13 PM
USAF Recip Aircraft Mech. 1965-1969 Nakhon Phanom Thailand 67-68




OBrider
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: TEDFID on November 11, 2012, 09:24:26 AM
2006 to present Cali-nc-Japan. Been around a little. Currently in nc  with a old
 35 ft fiver.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: debrey on November 11, 2012, 10:43:31 PM
24 years Navy half active, half reserve.
USS Sumter LST 1181, SBU 24, PhibCB 2, USS Rentz FFG 46, USS Stephen W Groves FFG 29, MCM Crew Fearless in USS Chief MCM 14 (in Texas) Uss Ardent MCM 12 (in Bharain).
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: FastEagle on November 12, 2012, 12:05:14 AM
FastEagle was there - 1957 to 1988..........................

FE
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mnmnutswer on November 12, 2012, 07:15:09 AM
See the attachment for restaurants providing a free meal today to our Veterans.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Quillback 424 on November 12, 2012, 08:04:36 AM
USN Submarine Service
Quillback SS-424 (a WW II era sub fondly called a Pigboat) and, no, they don't let you chose
Interior communications as IC2 (SS) which is E-5
'65 - '69

My first dive on Quillback, coming out of drydock, went straight down, except for the time we were on our side... going straight down. And then, we did the same thing six more times while trying to find the problem. Seems the Captain thought the qualified guys (1/3 of us were not) could think better while standing on their heads. We survived, and I grew up a whole bunch that day. A few short years later it dawned on me that I was one of the most qualified guys on that sub. I grew up a Whole Bunch that day too.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kidsgone on January 15, 2013, 09:32:04 AM
WOW! Thanks to all the veterans and spouses and children. I grew up in a USAF family. Dad did 31 yrs, WWII, Korea and VietNam. He actually went in as Army Air Corp. I went thru Officers training (USAF), served four years, married a wonderful guy while on active duty, he served (USAF) 1966-1993, enlisted/officer....been married 30 yrs..met the right guy!
No matter where we go, if we meet a military retiree/veteran, its almost an instant connection.
Safe travels and thank you, again, for your years of service.
Andi
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: careyd38 on February 10, 2013, 11:54:25 PM
US Navy 1983-1986 3rd Class Petty Officer - Operations Specialist
USS Ingersoll DD-990 (Spruance class destroyer)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Gunny69 on February 24, 2013, 09:37:19 AM
USMC '70 - 94.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jasper on March 01, 2013, 10:36:14 AM
USN 1974 - 1995
USS Simon Lake AS-33
USS Canopus AS-34
Navy Astronautics Group Det Bravo, Rosemount, MN
USS LY Spear AS-36
Submarine Force Atlantic, Norfolk, VA
USS Ranger CV-61
Atlantic Intelligence Command, Norfolk VA
PSA, Bangor WA
First 10 years enlisted. Last 10 year commissioned.
Great Ride
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 07, 2013, 06:37:06 PM
I just found this thread.

Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) Flew H Model Hueys for two tours when I was a kid of 19.  I was with the 7th Armored Squadron of the 1st Cav in the Delta.  I do have lots of stories and they get better every time I tell them.  Oh yes almost forgot RA 68025253 I think...lol.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on March 07, 2013, 11:57:49 PM
Hueypilotvm,

Thanks for your service!!! Sounds like you would make a great story teller around a campfire. Hope we run into each other someday! :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jitterbug on March 12, 2013, 04:18:40 PM
Not only should we welcome vets to join in but all of us need to say "thank you for your service to our Nation"!  As camping weather approaches here in the north east I would like to take this opportunity to invite all you veterans to enjoy our annual airshow in Geneseo, NY.  We hold an annual airshow of restored vintage aircraft in mid-July.  I am in charge of rv camping on the grounds during the airshow. Our forte is aircraft from WWII and WWI.  We generally have more than ten-thousand admissions to the show which, this year will be held July 13th and 14th.  You will enjoy two full days of continual action in the sky over the Genesee Valley.  Veterans from all branches of service are more than welcome and are called up as a group to be honored.  Vets and civilians alike will have a good time.  Reenactors will be bivouacked on the grounds and there are plenty of food vendors as well as military souvenir vendors on the grounds.  Campers are limited to self-contained rvs. No tenting. For more information go to: www.1941hag.org.  I think you will enjoy seeing the progress being made on restoring our old warbirds.  The hangars are open for tours every weekend as well as the 40's museum.  We have been listed as being among the best ten airshows in the Country.  Our warbirds are available for close up inspection on the grounds during the airshow and the pilots love to talk about their 'babies'.  God bless you all and hope to see you at the show this year.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: geodrake on March 12, 2013, 04:34:45 PM
I too just found this thread.

Sgt. USAF, SAC,  Aircraft Electronic Navigation Equipment Repairman 1969 - 1973  KC-135s and B-52s

Lackland AFB, Keesler AFB, Lockbourn AFB Ohio, Ramey AFB Puerto Rico, Grissom AFB IN, Korat RTAFB Thailand, U-Tapoa RTAFB Thailand, Takhli RTAFB Thailand.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jeff on March 12, 2013, 09:32:26 PM
Jitterbug:

Does your thank you include free admission for vets to the airshow?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: SubVet on March 14, 2013, 10:23:47 AM
9 years Navy Submarine Force.  1975 - 1984.  Deployed in the Pacific region for much of that.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: 68chstiger on March 23, 2013, 06:39:34 PM
USAF 821st Combat Security Police Squadron (Operation Safeside)
RVN Binh Thuy 69-70
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: BillB3857 on March 23, 2013, 07:15:04 PM
US Navy 1961-1964.  Served at Whiting Field, Milton, FLA as a cook striker while waiting for tech school at NAS Memphis, Tn.  After tech school was assigned to AEWBARRONPAC (Airborne Early Warning Barrier Squadron, Pacific) home based at Barbers Point, HI.  Flew missions as flight technician (ATR3) from Midway Island.  The mission was the Pacific extension of the DEW (Distant Early Warning) line which watched for enemy attack from the northern hemisphere.  We took off from Midway, flew NNE until the Aleutian Islands on radar, turned around and went back to Midway.  About 14 hours in the air.  Attained rate of ATR2 two days before discharge!
Title: Thank you all for your service
Post by: Larry 1190 on April 01, 2013, 10:21:20 AM
United States Marine Corps  68/70
Republic of Viet Nam   69/70  1st MarDiv
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: PancakeBill on April 01, 2013, 10:51:17 AM
Just heard 3/31 is designated Viet Nam Vets Day.  To my fellow Viet Vets, welcome home.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jlazar on April 05, 2013, 10:00:20 AM
Air Force 1970-1994.  Defense Language Institute English Language School Instructor, Management Engineering Technician, Manpower Officer.

Lackland, Saigon, Wright-Patterson, Kelly, Keesler, Ramstein, Ft Ritchie, Randolph.
Title: Re: Family Veterans
Post by: 1983_pa on May 11, 2013, 07:34:47 PM
S/Sgt.  Steven Eggert U.S.M.C
1st 8" Howitzer Battery, 4/12-3rd Mar. Div.
Two tours in South Vietnam 1964 and 1968
DaNang, Quang Tri (Near DMZ)
Self propelled 8" howitzer mechanic. (M-109) (M-53)
Forward Observer.
"Artillery brings dignity to what would otherwise be just a brawl"
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: captsteve on May 11, 2013, 07:40:25 PM
SS2 Steve Talmon, USCG

1984-1992

USCGC Decisive, USCGC Boutwell, USCGC Chandeleur, USCGC Hudson
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jedziniaks on May 11, 2013, 08:19:06 PM
AD, Chief Petty Officer, USCG 18 years and counting, transferring  to Nor Cal from FL, next month RV is almost all packed for the trip, see ya all along the way, Steve & Family
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wendy on May 11, 2013, 08:49:03 PM
Thanks Steve for your past and continuing service. I think you'll like no Cal.


Wendy
US Army 75-78

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: nasman2 on May 22, 2013, 10:44:03 PM
USAF 1986-1990  Lackland AFB, Keesler AFB, 55 OMS Offutt AFB, WWABNCP (Looking Glass) Inflight Radio Maintenance on EC-135C.

Thanks to all that served through much tougher assignments and to all veterans.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Karmannghia on May 23, 2013, 08:08:55 AM
US Army EOD (active duty) 1987 to 2009.  HI, FL, NC, HI, FL, GA (IRAQ x2).

SON:  US Air Force (active duty) 2007 to present.
DAUGHTER:  US Coast Guard (active duty)  2010 to present.

I have had the honor of working with(and for) some of the most amazing people in the world.  Thank you to all Veterans (PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE) especially those that served in time of war and/or when service in the military was not "fashionable" 

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on May 23, 2013, 04:16:42 PM
US Army EOD (active duty) 1987 to 2009.  HI, FL, NC, HI, FL, GA (IRAQ x2).

SON:  US Air Force (active duty) 2007 to present.
DAUGHTER:  US Coast Guard (active duty)  2010 to present.

I have had the honor of working with(and for) some of the most amazing people in the world.  Thank you to all Veterans (PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE) especially those that served in time of war and/or when service in the military was not "fashionable"
Hey there brother.  I was USMC EOD, we went through the same school.  I went through in 1990, Eglin and Indian Head before they moved everything to Eglin.  Semper Fi.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Karmannghia on May 23, 2013, 06:13:48 PM
jje1960,

Greetings.  Class 92-110S here.  I was a Demo Instructor when they moved Indian Head down to Eglin.  I missed the EOD Memorial Ball the last couple of years, but heading down to Destin in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kohvakc on May 23, 2013, 09:44:40 PM
2/34th BIG RED 1     Glad to see so many of us VETS out here. I am finally getting on the road the 5th of June. There is going to be 4 of us and 2 dogs. Can not wait. Life is to short not to be happy. I want to see the whole country that I served for. THANKS to all VETS we are family!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on May 24, 2013, 05:13:57 AM
>Kohvack...remember..If you gotta be one be a Big Red One ;D
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Scott-0168 on June 01, 2013, 04:59:51 PM
Does anyone know a good discussion Forum for Vietnam veterans? Mainly on the subject of benifits.

Scott  :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: parmm on June 02, 2013, 04:32:45 PM
Does anyone know a good discussion Forum for Vietnam veterans? Mainly on the subject of benifits.

Scott  :)
Don't know how good it is, but here one I've used.  http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/agentorangediabeticvictims/ (http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/agentorangediabeticvictims/)  Just what do you need to know about them?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: afchap on June 02, 2013, 06:10:11 PM
Does anyone know a good discussion Forum for Vietnam veterans? Mainly on the subject of benifits?
  Scott, I believe the Vets PTSD forum on yuku would be helpful to you. Vet's benefits and the processes is the focus. Try this link http://nvfv.yuku.com/directory
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Scott-0168 on June 02, 2013, 08:42:54 PM
Don't know how good it is, but here one I've used.  http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/agentorangediabeticvictims/ (http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/agentorangediabeticvictims/)  Just what do you need to know about them?
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Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kenb1023 on June 04, 2013, 04:12:36 PM
I have been on the forum for a year now and just realized this was here.
Chief Petty Officer Gas Turbine Electrician (GSEC) 20 Year US Navy Retired. 
USS Chandler DDG 996 San Diego CA (Plank Owner)
PHMRON2 Hydrofoils Key West FL
Great Lakes Training Center
USS Shiloh CG 67 San Diego CA (Plank Owner)
Great Lakes Training Center
Retired Jan 2000
I actually miss it from time to time.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Yellowboat on June 04, 2013, 11:03:07 PM
Does anyone know a good discussion Forum for Vietnam veterans? Mainly on the subject of benefits.

Scott  :)

Yes, this is a good one.  I was able to get a lot of great info about my benefits.  I would give you the link but we are in our RV and I can't link to their site.

Search "Veterans Benefits Network Forums".  It will be the site "Vets.Yuku.com".

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on June 05, 2013, 01:34:09 AM
I have been on the forum for a year now and just realized this was here.
Chief Petty Officer Gas Turbine Electrician (GSEC) 20 Year US Navy Retired. 
USS Chandler DDG 996 San Diego CA (Plank Owner)
PHMRON2 Hydrofoils Key West FL
Great Lakes Training Center
USS Shiloh CG 67 San Diego CA (Plank Owner)
Great Lakes Training Center
Retired Jan 2000
I actually miss it from time to time.


Hi Ken,

I know how you feel. I was only in for 4 active and 2 inactive reserves but feel the same. I was on two Fletcher Class Destroyers and on the Commissioning Crew of a Charles Adams Class Destroyer.

The ironic thing is our son was the DCA on the USS Kidd, DDG-993! He's still in after 26 years as an O-6. I got out as an E-5. He has done what I wished I could have done. :-)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kenb1023 on June 05, 2013, 07:30:27 AM
Hi Ken,

I know how you feel. I was only in for 4 active and 2 inactive reserves but feel the same. I was on two Fletcher Class Destroyers and on the Commissioning Crew of a Charles Adams Class Destroyer.

The ironic thing is our son was the DCA on the USS Kidd, DDG-993! He's still in after 26 years as an O-6. I got out as an E-5. He has done what I wished I could have done. :-)
4 years or 26 years, it is all the same.  You volunteered to serve and I thank you and your son for that.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on June 05, 2013, 09:38:55 AM
Ken,

And we thank you as well!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on June 06, 2013, 05:49:09 AM
Does anyone know a good discussion Forum for Vietnam veterans? Mainly on the subject of benifits.

Scott  :)
You can try here.
 (http://militaryaffairs.proboards.com/index.cgi)

-Don-  SSF, CA
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Yellowboat on June 07, 2013, 12:09:36 AM
Yes, this is a good one.  I was able to get a lot of great info about my benefits.  I would give you the link but we are in our RV and I can't link to their site.

Search "Veterans Benefits Network Forums".  It will be the site "Vets.Yuku.com".

The site is up and running again.  The web site is: http://vets.yuku.com/
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: George Lewis on June 07, 2013, 09:28:16 PM
USAF 1952-1981, retired.  Sony Corp. 1982-1995 retired.  80% good 20% bad, which is a pretty good average.
Title: Any Former EOD
Post by: jje1960 on June 08, 2013, 02:47:48 PM
Any former EOD Techs around?  1st Marine EOD Platoon, 91'-94 here.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: avastar49 on July 03, 2013, 07:31:42 AM
SGT. 94-99 US ARMY, Signal Corp. Airborne, Airassult. Ft. Bragg NC
We are in Ohio now. This is a great site with a TON of information. Love it.

Thank you to all who have Served.

& for my Dad..11th Airborne Div. 13B. - RIP

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Getting Old on July 13, 2013, 01:26:41 AM
Cpl. US Army, B Battery 425 AAA Bn, Camp Stewart GA. Operation Sage Brush, Savannah River Plant 1954-1956

Bless them All.

Don G.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: xomkid on July 16, 2013, 11:51:10 AM
United States Air Force A1C 96th Combat Defense Squadron 1963-1967

 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bob Maxwell on July 16, 2013, 11:58:52 AM
Thank you all for your service.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: z28 on July 16, 2013, 09:25:39 PM
US Navy 72-78 HT2 USS Semmes DDG18 USS Lexington CVT16 Thanks to all that served.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: bozmtmac on July 27, 2013, 10:02:30 PM
Navy '58-62
522-34-27 boot camp San Diego
Pre A school Norman, Ok
Aviation Electronics A school Millington Tn
VF-142 wfff flyiing F8U Crusaders ASQ17
Westpac on the Oriskany CVA 34 as a plane captain ( brown shirt) my aircraft 107 bureau #146914
Shore duty VU-7 NAS Brown Field then reassigned to NAS North Island
Got out as an ATR-2 7/24/62

Was raised a Marine brat. Schools from Quantico, Va.  to Pearl Harbor Territory of Hawaii 15 of them before I graduated from Gar-Field Hi school.  Woodbridge. Va.
God bless all who served.   
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: clemon on August 02, 2013, 11:50:59 AM
Here's a salute to all of you from a former Canadian Forces Reservist.

Lieutenant, Canadian Forces
Communications and Electronics Engineering Branch (CELE) working in Signals Intelligence
Reserve Electronic Warfare Squadron, CFB Kingston, ON. 1989 - 1994
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Alfa38User on August 03, 2013, 09:48:52 AM
Figured I might just as well jump in too!!   Former Sgt with RCAF Auxiliary (reserve) 1956-1972 with 401(F) City of Westmount Squadron. Instrument  and Aircraft servicing  tech.... Worked out of RCAF base St.Hubert (near Montreal) ( Initially Air Defense command, later Air Transport Command and then Mobile command)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: inscop on August 03, 2013, 01:46:56 PM
USMC 9/7/67 - 9/1/80, Parris Island Plt 3038, NAS Millington for A & B schools in jet avionics, VMA 324 (A-4C), MCAS Beaufort, SC VMA 542 and VMA 513 (AV8A Harriers), H&MS 12 Sunny Viet Nam and Iwakuni, Japan and either VMA 542 or VMA 513 in MCAS Yuma, AZ.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: xomkid on August 05, 2013, 11:45:10 PM
Wm. Henry Holley USAF 1963-1967 served Dyess AFB Abilene, Texas 1963-1965
Elemendorlf AFB Alaska 1965-1967.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: driftless shifter on August 06, 2013, 06:56:42 AM
USN '76-'80 one boat, USS Blandy DD943, EN3 R division "A" gang, homeport Norfolk,VA.
"May the surface farce be with you".
The crew as a whole had a self deprecating sense of humor, but our boat was plastered with "E"'s. BLA...NDY... DEE DEE NIIINE FOOOUR THREEE, MICKEY MOUSE. Sung to the Mickey mouse tune, riding the bus back to fleet landing. Other crews didn't know what to make of us. Our CO was a hot sh*t, he got himself barked at a couple times for displaying amazing seamanship.

Bill
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: George Lewis on August 12, 2013, 07:05:38 PM
USAF 1952-1981.  20% bad, 80% good.  While enlisted, I was an airborne radio operator on cargo planes and saw the world.  My commissioned time was in USAF Security Service and I saw the world a second time....I enjoyed my service.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: edjunior on August 12, 2013, 08:32:34 PM
USAF 1952-1981.  20% bad, 80% good.  While enlisted, I was an airborne radio operator on cargo planes and saw the world.  My commissioned time was in USAF Security Service and I saw the world a second time....I enjoyed my service.

Hi George...I retired from Air Intelligence Agency in 2000, what you knew as USAFSS.  Where were you stationed while in USAFSS?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kyjohn on September 15, 2013, 09:10:56 AM
US Army-E5-VietNam 65-66, Big Red One, Search and destroy missions, Glad to see all our troops getting a nice welcome home these days. We did not. It was like they blamed the troops for the war. We were just serving our country and did not run off to Cananda.  :-\
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: John Beard on September 15, 2013, 09:29:25 AM
US Army-E5-VietNam 65-66, Big Red One, Search and destroy missions, Glad to see all our troops getting a nice welcome home these days. We did not. It was like they blamed the troops for the war. We were just serving our country and did not run off to Cananda.  :-\

I got into a knock down, drag out fight with some hippy types the day I got back in December 1972, glad to say I came out on top of that one... :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Quillback 424 on September 15, 2013, 10:34:57 PM
Thanks for your time KYJOHN!

I always thought that the "average" American didn't need to know that I spent the summer of '67 off, barely, the coasts of Egypt, Israel, and Syria on a pigboat sub either.

I have always said, and I'll say it again, that 'if mothers actually knew what happened in war, they would never let their sons go'. If somehow the mothers of the world could be convinced that war actually is hell, war would be stopped in a day.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: driftless shifter on September 16, 2013, 03:59:37 AM
You forget, there are mothers that make the supreme sacrifice of sending their babies off to school with a bomb around their belly.

Bill
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ndaugbjerg on September 16, 2013, 10:09:02 AM
Thanks to all of you.
  Sgt. USAF "62-"68: Orlando AFB, Lowry AFB, Denver, 873rd TAC Missile Squadron Kadena.
  WWII, Denmark '40-45. Grew up throwing rocks at the German's during the occupation. LOL
Niels
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Quillback 424 on September 17, 2013, 05:22:25 AM
You forget, there are mothers that make the supreme sacrifice of sending their babies off to school with a bomb around their belly.

Bill


I have never heard the name of a mother who is in the decision making hierarchy of those organizations. I didn't forget anything. I just have a different belief system than you.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: driftless shifter on September 17, 2013, 07:29:38 AM

I have never heard the name of a mother who is in the decision making hierarchy of those organizations. I didn't forget anything. I just have a different belief system than you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsZtBu5yiHY
Lisa Ling for National Geographic.
I googled "mothers of Palastinian suicide bombers interviewed". I received multiple hits.


Bill

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on September 17, 2013, 08:58:29 AM
My two cents...
Myself, wasn't in the service.  Not that I tried to avoid joining.  I just never thought about it that deeply at that time.  There was no draft and I was having too much fun being an idiot kid thinking I knew it all and making money.

BUT...I am the proud "owner" (I'm going to catch heck for that statement!) of a veteran DW of the USAF, Sargent, 1975-79, flightline mechanic.  And now the proud father of an Army infantry soldier at The Big Red One (Ft. Riley, KS).  He just reported this past Friday after leave from basic (Ft. Benning, GA). 

I get choked up every time I look at those newly framed pics of him in uniform on top of our entertainment center.  Pics of him and his comrades during training, pics of them during the Turning Blue ceremony and the graduation itself.  It just figures.  I'm not a little guy and have always held my own.  But now I feel so small, and proud as I look back.

A profound Thank You to all veterans.  I never realized the true meaning of it all until recently.  Forgive me. 

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on September 17, 2013, 02:49:45 PM
Marc, I too was in the First infantry at Ft. Riley's Custer Hill..The Big Red One. One of my fav sayings is "If ya gotta be one...be a Big Red One".

Some how I noticed a man in uniform looks larger than a man who is not in uniform. No I'll probably catch it for that.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kyjohn on September 17, 2013, 04:13:11 PM
Yep, that is where I left from for Viet Nam in '65. They shipped us out on a train to California then on a ship and did not tell us where we were going till we got out to sea. Duh!! Like we did not already know where we were going. Got action the first night in Nam. Top got killed the first night. We were told he pulled the pin on a garnade and was holding and waiting for an attack and fell asleep. (we had a long day and night) Killed him and wounded all in the CP. I was scared as he*#. But you put in your mind eather you make it or you do not. My mother did not know how bad it was till she made a trip to see her sister who liver over 300 miled away and my Aunt received a letter from me and my mother got a hold of it and read it. I was honest writing to my Aunt but now my mother knew how bad it was for us over there. I hated that she read the letter. Then she was worried to death. I was her only child. I was 21 at the time. I remember Fort Riley well. That was a life time ago. 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on September 18, 2013, 10:35:59 AM
Marc, I too was in the First infantry at Ft. Riley's Custer Hill..The Big Red One. One of my fav sayings is "If ya gotta be one...be a Big Red One".

Some how I noticed a man in uniform looks larger than a man who is not in uniform. No I'll probably catch it for that.

You won't catch it from me!  "Larger" is one way to put it.  Proud and disciplined is the best way to put it IMHO.  The DW and I drove down from MI to Ft. Benning in 17 hours to attend both the Turning Blue ceremony and the graduation.  I was fascinated at the number of those in uniform who sat in the bleachers also watching.  Family members and friends of those down on the field.  As well as those who just wanted to attend.  I could feel pride and honor in the air!  We are so glad we took the time to witness it all.  Not just to see our son graduate, but to see all of those new soldiers on that field who proudly stood in rank and file ready to move on to the next step.

Let me put it this way...
After spending about 11 days with him during leave before reporting to Ft. Riley, he left this house "larger" than he was before he went into basic!  But that's just through our eyes.

 
 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wi1dBill on September 22, 2013, 08:50:53 PM
Always ask if there is a discount for veterans.  Stay at Berlin RV park between Millersburg and Berlin, Ohio this weekend. They offer Veterans a discount.  ;) Also, discounts for seniors and Good Sam
Park opened in 2011 and is very nice.  Right in the heart of Amish country here in Ohio.
 
www.berlinrvpark.com


HHC 2BDE 101st.
Phu Bai  Viet-Nam
1970-71
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Scott-0168 on September 23, 2013, 08:24:42 AM

Don't forget Lowe's too! My Dad a WW2 Vet, hated my cousins that got out of the Vietnam draft because they were in college!

Scott  :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on September 24, 2013, 11:30:23 PM
I tried the Lowe's discount but they would not honor a DD214. They required an ID for retirees or active duty. I think they might honor any veteran on Veteran's Day.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on September 25, 2013, 01:29:26 AM
I tried the Lowe's discount but they would not honor a DD214. They required an ID for retirees or active duty. I think they might honor any veteran on Veteran's Day.
Join the VA and get a VA card. Lowe's requires a military ID that has a photo, such as my "Department of Veterans Affairs" ID card.

Go to your nearest VA hospital with your DD-214 and see if you qualify.  All Vietnam vets automatically qualify, regardless of income and such. If your income is too high and you are already covered elsewhere for medical and are NOT a Vietnam vet, you might have a problem qualifying.

IAC, talk to them and find out. It might take a few weeks to get the ID card, but when you do, Lowe's will give you the 10% discount all year (but it cannot be used with other discounts). I have received the military discount   in every Lowe's store I've been to, any time of year, since I have had the card.

-Don- (now Rving near Toronto, ON, Canada)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Scott-0168 on September 25, 2013, 08:50:37 AM

Our local VA office just started issuing veteran ID cards with a picture! Must bring a copy of your DD-214 of course. So check with your local VA office!

Scott  :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on September 26, 2013, 08:36:27 AM
Don/Scott,

Thanks, I'll check it out. I already belong to the American Legion and VFW.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: parmm on November 05, 2013, 09:58:59 AM
Join the VA and get a VA card. Lowe's requires a military ID that has a photo, such as my "Department of Veterans Affairs" ID card.

And it has to say "SERVICE CONNECTED" under your picture.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on November 05, 2013, 10:05:21 AM
And it has to say "SERVICE CONNECTED" under your picture.
To my knowledge, neither Lowes or Home Depot limit their military discount to service connected disability.  I have always been able to use my gray card (retired) and I'm pretty sure my VA card (no disability) would work, too.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wendy on November 05, 2013, 10:12:12 AM
To my knowledge, neither Lowes or Home Depot limit their military discount to service connected disability.  I have always been able to use my gray card (retired) and I'm pretty sure my VA card (no disability) would work, too.


They just changed the rule at Home Depot. At our local HD a couple of days ago, I gave them my VA card (no disability) and they said I could have the discount that time but after that it would need to say "Service Connected" to get the discount. Mike pulled out his Service Connected VA card and the guy said, yeah, like that. Said the rules had just changed and it was active duty and service connected disabled veterans who would be getting the discount. Now, if Lowe's continues to give ALL veterans a discount, Home Depot will no doubt change back to that.


Wendy
Colorado

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mnmnutswer on November 05, 2013, 12:05:25 PM
We fixed up our house a couple of years ago, with everything coming from lowes. We spent over $100.000 and saved a lot buying everything there.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: inscop on November 05, 2013, 04:52:59 PM
I worked for Riverside County (CA) as a Veteran's Service Rep for about a year after I retired from my fed gubmint job.  I would recommend that ALL veterans at least check in with your county Veteran's Services office (every US county should have one).

Many of you THINK you do not have compensable disabilities, or that you lack proof that your disability happened in the Service.  There are ways to get around stuff like that, such as buddy letters, or written statements from relatives.  I had a couple of old guys come into the office who just hoped they could get hearing aids.  I got them tested at the VA, and they both ended up getting 100% disability for deafness.  Almost ALL veterans have tinnitus, a ringing in the ears.  Tinnitus in both ears is an automatic 10%.

I had a gal come into the office hoping to get funeral expenses and a headstone.  She ended up with a veteran's widow's pension because her husband died of his service connected disability.

My brother in law suffers from PTSD.  My wife would tell me how happy go lucky he was before he left for Viet Nam and what a sullen, self-medicating person he became when he got home.  His wife reports that he has awakened for years with violent nightmares.  We got him set up with a special PTSD clinic at the local VA hospital.  He initially got 30% and he is now at 60%.  This was done based on his combat history and his wife's letters that reported his differences in personality before and after the was.  I still have not gotten my steak dinner he promised me.

The point is, it only takes a short visit to the VSO to see if you qualify or not.  Check it out.  If you do get an award, the payments are retroactive to the day you apply. so the sooner the better.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jeff on November 05, 2013, 08:41:13 PM

They just changed the rule at Home Depot. At our local HD a couple of days ago, I gave them my VA card (no disability) and they said I could have the discount that time but after that it would need to say "Service Connected" to get the discount. Mike pulled out his Service Connected VA card and the guy said, yeah, like that. Said the rules had just changed and it was active duty and service connected disabled veterans who would be getting the discount. Now, if Lowe's continues to give ALL veterans a discount, Home Depot will no doubt change back to that.


Wendy
Colorado


Wendy the Lowes in Surprise requires a VA ID card that the VA here will not issue unless your are receiving benefits. (FYI I got turned down again for not meeting financial need requirements even with SE Asia service.)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Scott-0168 on November 06, 2013, 11:45:27 AM

Wendy the Lowes in Surprise requires a VA ID card that the VA here will not issue unless your are receiving benefits. (FYI I got turned down again for not meeting financial need requirements even with SE Asia service.)

Our local VA office here in Michigan just started issuing picture ID's by just showing your DD214 and a pictured ID.
By the way, our local Home Depot gives you the 10% veteran discount with just the above card. I asked the manager and he did say its up to the HD where you shop! I was in our local HD this morning.

Scott  :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on November 09, 2013, 11:43:56 PM
Our local VA office here in Michigan just started issuing picture ID's by just showing your DD214 and a pictured ID.
By the way, our local Home Depot gives you the 10% veteran discount with just the above card. I asked the manager and he did say its up to the HD where you shop! I was in our local HD this morning.
Scott  :)
At  both the Lowe's and HD, near  my home in Reno, NV or here in SSF, CA I get the 10% discount with my VA card. I used the discount today in the SSF, CA Lowe's near here.

I also  discovered, just last week,  that Triumph dealers  give a $500.00 discount for new Triumph Motorcycles to those who have served. DD-214 required, as the cycle dealer  has to fax it to Triumph-USA to get paid back.   And here (http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy46/DonTom3/TTSE/mynew2013TTSE_zpsf001362f.jpg) is the one I just bought last week, in my Reno home driveway. It's a 2013 Triumph Trophy SE (http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/27282/Buyers-Guide-Specifications/2013-Triumph-Trophy-SE.aspx), with every possible option they have. Heated hand grips, heated seat and much more. A great cold weather bike. ABS and traction control for the black ice and etc.

I am getting my toys for my retirement at the end of this year.


-Don- SSF, CA
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Tom on November 10, 2013, 09:40:33 AM
Congratulations on the Trophy and the discount Don.

My first motorcycle was a Trophy; Back then (mid 60's) they were powered by a twin cylinder 650cc engine and had lower gear ratios than their speed cousins in the Triumph stable. The Trophy was built for sidecar use, but I used it solo off road (I didn't yet have a license).
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on November 10, 2013, 01:31:05 PM
Congratulations on the Trophy and the discount Don.

My first motorcycle was a Trophy; Back then (mid 60's) they were powered by a twin cylinder 650cc engine and had lower gear ratios than their speed cousins in the Triumph stable. The Trophy was built for sidecar use, but I used it solo off road (I didn't yet have a license).
I purchased  my 1971 BMW R75/5 with the money I saved from when I was in the jungles of Vietnam. Hard to spend much money out there! I still own that bike and it still runs like new (except I now need to change the clutch).

But I remember in those days the British bikes. I could not ride them with the gear shift on the right side and the brake on the left pedal. I tried, and I just could not get used to that, after riding so many other bikes, such as my BMW. I don't remember what year the British bikes changed.

Anyway, especially Triumph  has changed a lot over the years. They must be on the very top of the technology when it comes to motorcycles these days. I never thought I would ever own a Triumph, but because of the way they changed over the years, they now  make the perfect bike for me.

In other news since the last time we chatted here, Tom & I are now legally married since July 5 of this year. And I retire at the end of this year. Tom is already retired.

I am getting new toys to get ready for my retirement!

-Don-  SSF, CA
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Tom on November 10, 2013, 02:22:08 PM
Quote
... Tom & I are now legally married since July 5 of this year.

Congratulations to you both! You had to wait a long time for that to be possible. I assume the happy day was in SFO?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on November 10, 2013, 05:28:22 PM
Congratulations to you both! You had to wait a long time for that to be possible. I assume the happy day was in SFO?
Nope. Redwood City, CA.  Still, that day, more than half applying for marriage licenses there were same sex couples, even in Redwood City. BTW, SSF, is also in San Mateo County, just as is Redwood City.


-Don-
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Tom on November 10, 2013, 07:00:58 PM
Thanks for the clarification Don; Wrong assumption on my part.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Kevin Means on November 11, 2013, 01:51:05 AM
A sincere "Thank You" to my fellow veterans on this forum. We truly appreciate your service.

Kevin and Cyndi Means
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on November 11, 2013, 11:38:53 AM
   Thanks x2 and back at yuh.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on November 11, 2013, 11:50:00 AM
    Congratulations Don and Tom, on both your nuptials and upcoming retirement.

Ed
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on November 11, 2013, 04:37:49 PM
    Congratulations Don and Tom, on both your nuptials and upcoming retirement.

Ed
Thanks all. But I still think of our real marriage date being back in 1974, when we first met. We've been together now for 39 years, most of our lives in this one monogamous relationship. And still very happy together. We first met just a couple of years after I out out of the army.

And this month I've had the same job for 34 years. I maxed out on my retirement benefits and cannot gain any more, so I think this is a good time to retire.

BTW, here is what Tom and I looked like (http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy46/DonTom3/TD%20pictures/1975.jpg) when we met just a few months after we first met (Photo take in Feb of 1975).

And here we are just a few years ago (http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy46/DonTom3/TD%20pictures/g1drtg.jpg) while in Gulin, China.

Tom is the Chinese guy, and I am the other guy in these photos.

BTW, my military info:

Army: March 1969 to March 1971.
Basic and AIT Ft. Lewis Wash.
RVN:September 1969-70.
B-3-8 4TH Infantry Div.
Mainly served in the Central Highland Jungles.
1970 Cambodia incursion.
MOS 11B (infantry).
Ft Carson, CO after RVN

-Don-  SSF, CA
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Tom on November 12, 2013, 05:46:38 AM
You haven't changed a bit  ;D
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Steve-n-Sue on November 29, 2013, 02:58:22 PM
BM2, USN 1968-72
USS Klondike @ 32nd Street Piers, San Diego 1968
Harbor Craft, NSA DaNang, RVN, 1969-70
USS Peugeot Sound @Newport, RI, 1970- 72

Proud to have served with some of the finest!

Freedom, for those who fight for it, has a flavor the protected never know.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on November 29, 2013, 04:53:23 PM
     Shopped at my local Home Depot today.  I got my 10% discount with just my ID card AND I parked in one of about 6 spots near the front door each with nice painted signs complete with an American flag that said,"Reserved for American Veterans".
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wendy on December 01, 2013, 06:05:59 PM
Any of you vets with vision problems, including macular degeneration and diabetes related vision problems, GO TALK TO THE VA.  Ask to see the VIST coordinator. There is an exceptional program for low vision vets with free training and equipment including computers, talking watches, CT readers, and more, all FREE. I'm at the blind rehab in Tucson and the staff here are wonderful. If you have low vision problems, just do it !
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: MikeCoke on January 14, 2014, 03:07:50 AM


Almost ALL veterans have tinnitus, a ringing in the ears.  Tinnitus in both ears is an automatic 10%.


VA turned me down for Tinnitus I was told it was age related and I worked on F4 Phantoms jets.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: inscop on January 14, 2014, 11:07:14 AM
Is there ANY mention of tinnitus in your service medical records?  If so, that would be the clincher.  Even if you wore hearing protection at all times out on the line, you're going to lose something.  The thing about VA claims is that you have to produce SOME kind of evidence.  Evidence can be in the form of what is known as a "buddy letter."  This can be as simple as something from a relative that states, "Fred never complained about ringing in his ears before he went into the military, but after he got out, he always mentioned it."  This statement has to be true and should be sworn to in the letter.

Something else that will work (and the wording here is CRITICAL) is a statement from your ear doc that says (CRITICAL part in all CAPS), "IT IS AS LIKELY AS NOT that the ringing in Fred's ears was caused not by aging, but by long exposure to F-4 jet engines."

I always recommend using a County Veteran's Service Office to help you fill out the paperwork.  They know the in's and out's, and what will and will not work.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: inscop on January 14, 2014, 11:20:05 AM
     Shopped at my local Home Depot today.  I got my 10% discount with just my ID card AND I parked in one of about 6 spots near the front door each with nice painted signs complete with an American flag that said,"Reserved for American Veterans".

Thanks to this forum, I now know about and use my Home Depot 10% discount just by whipping out my Service Connected VA card.  Thanks to whoever the OP was!

All disabled vets and other persons with a permanent disability need to check into the National Parks All Access pass and your state of residence parks pass, if available.  http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html (http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: rumaco on February 11, 2014, 12:32:51 PM
Russell Cowley (CW4 Retired)
UH1C gunship pilot DaNang VN 282nd Alleycats
UH1C gunship pilot Dong Ha VN  48th Jokers
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on February 11, 2014, 01:27:18 PM
Thanks to this forum, I now know about and use my Home Depot 10% discount just by whipping out my Service Connected VA card.
There are many places that give vets a discount, but you must ask. For a few examples, Lowe's, Triumph Motorcycles (recently saved me $500.00 there!) and even 15% discount at  Safari RV Parts, at least the one in Reno, NV. (http://www.safaristores.net/)

But in many cases, you have to know. They won't mention it, so you often have to ask if there are vet or senior discounts.


Thanks to whoever the OP was! All disabled vets and other persons with a permanent disability need to check into the National Parks All Access pass and your state of residence parks pass, if available.  http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html (http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html)
And for those who are 62 or over, you can get a pass to all federal parks for free, after paying a one time fee of ten bucks. (http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm)

-Don-  SSF, CA
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on February 11, 2014, 03:26:07 PM
And for those who are 62 or over, you can get a pass to all federal parks for free, after paying a one time fee of ten bucks. (http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm)-Don-  SSF, CA

I have that pass and for $10 it's the best deal around (except maybe Costco's hot dog and soda for $1.50)

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jbostic on February 11, 2014, 05:31:16 PM
Army -infantry 1969-1970 1/11 C company(red diamond) attached to 5th mechanized division rank E-6 after surviving combat in Dong Ha mountain area and Da Nang/Quang Tri=started as E-5 and then moved to platoon sergeant which meant Staff Sergeant E-6 -preferred foot soldier away from noisy personnel carriers and tanks=attracted too much attention and action
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on February 11, 2014, 07:48:08 PM
Army -infantry 1969-1970 1/11 C company(red diamond)
I was also an army 11B, (September 1969-1970) but mainly in the Central Highland Jungles mainly between An Khe and Pleiku. Did you also get to see the jungles of Cambodia, as I did in April-May of 1970?

I did visit the base camp in Da Nang in July of 1970, just before and after R & R to Tokyo.

-Don-  SSF, CA  (B-3-8, 4th Infantry Div.)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jbostic on February 11, 2014, 08:38:26 PM
Don Tom-did the Cambodian area also=we were told not suppose to be in that country but they did give me enough traing that I could read map well enough to call artillery and air strikes
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on February 11, 2014, 09:06:01 PM
Don Tom-did the Cambodian area also=we were told not suppose to be in that country but they did give me enough traing that I could read map well enough to call artillery and air strikes
My experience was only slightly different. We knew we were in Cambodia, we knew when we were going in. We were told.   But AFTER when we "left Cambodia" , we were still in Cambodia, but a lot closer to the Vietnam boarder.

Like most Spec 4 grunts, I didn't carry a map. But enough of us did so we knew exactly where we were.

But I think of it as a good thing that our army runs on "bull feed".    It's the one fuel that they will never run out of!

-Don-  SSF, CA

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Iron Horse on March 18, 2014, 08:50:25 AM
William Alan Hall, US Army, RA 13668844 (17 years old out of high school) Fort Jackson, S.C., Fort Benning, Ga. Baumholder, Hohenfels, Germany. 1959 -1962, 293RD Engineers. Berlin Wall Conflict. Thanks to all who defended!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jeepinbob on March 18, 2014, 10:28:35 AM
USN QM3 (Navigation)' USS Cleveland LPD 7, 1972 - 1974.  Two West Pac cruises to Asia, one of those to a small, quaint, but hot, island in N. Vietnam called Hon La. 

People ask me if Vietnam was hard.  I tell them that coming home was harder.

To all other Vietnam Vets, WELCOME HOME!  It's never too late to hear it.  Bob
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on March 18, 2014, 11:23:58 AM
Welcome Home.  Indirect involvement in Frequent Wind was enough for me.  AD-1 Ret
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jmfl on March 22, 2014, 11:00:52 AM
5/4 Cavalry,  2ABCT, 1st ID from 2006 - 2013. Retired on disability from two tours in Iraq. A special thanks to all who have seen the worst of mankind and all that helped support us. Thanks to everyone that has served and still is.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on March 22, 2014, 07:04:34 PM
5/4 Cavalry,  2ABCT, 1st ID from 2006 - 2013. Retired on disability from two tours in Iraq. A special thanks to all who have seen the worst of mankind and all that helped support us. Thanks to everyone that has served and still is.

about the 1st ID, do they still say "If ya gotta be one, be a BIG RED ONE" ?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bob Maxwell on March 22, 2014, 09:12:33 PM
I am still in awe and thankful to each and every one of you for your service. I am sorry that some of our new members who served never found this thread before turning their back on you and the rest of us here in the Framily, and most of us are very appreciative of you!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jmfl on March 23, 2014, 08:46:01 AM
about the 1st ID, do they still say "If ya gotta be one, be a BIG RED ONE" ?

Now it's,

"NO MISSION TOO DIFFICULT, NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT"

"DUTY FIRST"

All you here and see everyday is "Duty first!" It gets old real quick especially when the brass beat it to death.  I came to the opinion that they thought if they said it all the time that those who didn't know better would believe their b.s. with with a sense of loyalty to the division even though you were getting the shaft.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: GoBoy45 on March 23, 2014, 06:36:32 PM
I've just found this Topic, Thank you to all who are and have Served!

E4
US Air Force 64-68
El Centro Naval Air Station CA. 64-66
Nha Trang, RNV 66-67
Parrin AFB, TX. 67-68
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: cavalry6869 on April 15, 2014, 06:49:31 AM
Wow, thanks to all of you for your Service.  Welcome Home!

Ed
9/68 - 8/69 RVN
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment - Blackhorse
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: gamecock69 on April 19, 2014, 07:18:38 AM
Wade Walden
OS2 USN 1988-1992
USS Dwight D.Eisenhower CVN-69
Norfolk Virginia

 I am in clover sc and so far we frequent Lake Wylie and Ocean Lakes campground in myrtle beach sc.  Hope to meet some of you.  Thank you all for your service?  Even you Marines!   :-)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: driftless shifter on April 19, 2014, 07:59:41 AM
^^ That there is funny, even if a twidget said it. ;)

Bill
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DanDeitrich on April 22, 2014, 02:34:08 PM
Thank you for your service veterans. I'm US Marines 4th Battalion 14th Marines
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Mfreyder on April 22, 2014, 09:22:08 PM
USAF, 76 - 80, Tyndall AFB, 4756 Avionics Maintenance Squadron.  Air Defense Command.  Avionics Communication/Navigation.  Scared the hell out of me.  In 1976 our defense of ICBMs was 1955 built F-106s with a weapons target system I worked on, and a mission to fly to the target and destroy.  Failing that, collide with it!

Ronald Reagan changed all that, being an excellent poker player.

God bless all of you, thanks for your dedication and oath to our Constitution.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kdbgoat on April 23, 2014, 10:39:42 AM
IC1/SS, '80-'86. Nathan Hale-SSBN 623, Lafayette-SSBN 616. I'm surprised I don't see more bubbleheads on here, I only counted four others. Being in an RV is like second nature to us, just a bit more comfortable. 8)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: glen54737 on April 30, 2014, 11:58:22 AM
Yes they are huge compared to the boats.
The systems are similar too, except only gravity to empty the Black tank.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on May 01, 2014, 08:50:35 AM
about the 1st ID, do they still say "If ya gotta be one, be a BIG RED ONE" ?

Yep.  They still call it the Big Red One.  My son is stationed at Fort Riley, KS as I type.  Coming home on the 10th for leave.  Has to report back on the 21st before being deployed to Africa for nine months.

I can't wait.   
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Quillback 424 on May 02, 2014, 10:57:22 AM
kdbgoat:

On a trip to the Med we pulled Quillback SS-424 into Rota for fuel and my older brother was standing on the pier. He was on SSBN Pulaski and I toured it with him. When we finished I asked if he wanted to tour Quillback. His answer was "are you kidding me!"
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Mr Bojangles on May 04, 2014, 05:20:16 AM
I held back for some reason, (knew I was steeling thunder) after I recently was made aware of this message.
www.google.com/search?q=Doolittle+raiders&es_sm=93&tbm=isch&imgil=BbSkcZ6V7yvReM%253A%253Bhttps%253A%252F%252Fencrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com%252Fimages%253Fq%253Dtbn%253AANd9GcSekhiaylAMcmGh7ijMX-gVlsUExzDOY3q6v58bS2jj34t1p-3P%253B2785%253B2018%253Bf88V-RV70OCurM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fen.wikipedia.org%25252Fwiki%25252FDoolittle_Raid&source=iu&usg=__81M9lfF3OMdoW2OOHsu90fV6q8M%3D&sa=X&ei=FBNmU_6zMrjMsQTfxICYDw&ved=0CEoQ9QEwBQ

Over the years, I have seen the articles and stories about these men and the sacrifices they made so we could have what we have today.
I have allowed my chest to swell every time I see the PATCH some members have on their Flying suits, the one showing a black and white color arrangement with red in there somewhere….
It was a drawing of a BIRD, a “Indian symbol” representing a bird seen in the history of the American Indians.
It was a patch worn by members of the 34TH Bomb Squadron stationed at Field No. 9, Eglin AFB in 1956, 57 and 58. I was authorized to wear that patch as a smart alecky young Airman. One of my regrets in life is I lost my patch somewhere. Just ordered another on EBAY.

General Dolittle and his men had a reunion, it may have  been the first Reunions at the Field 9 location in this time frame. I do remember them being in some form of celebration at the Officer’s club on Santa Rosa Island.
Anyhoo…., I’m proud to say I was that close to some great men.

And oh yea, another regret was:
just before the outfit went to England in 1958, I missed a chance to be a Gunner on the B66 as they scrambled to get unit up to strength, recruiting from the Gunnery System maintenance crews. I was the 11th volunteer, they needed 10, and if any flunked Flight status Physical, I would be next. They all passed.   
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on May 07, 2014, 02:09:12 PM
Anyone ever had any experience being stationed in Djibouti, Africa?  Son is coming home this weekend from Ft. Riley, KS before being deployed there for 9 months.

Just wondered what to expect?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on May 07, 2014, 02:33:50 PM
Mark...Tell your son Thank You for me....from another big red ONE formerly barracked on Custer Hill at Ft. Riley
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on May 07, 2014, 02:34:58 PM
Anyone ever had any experience being stationed in Djibouti, Africa?  Son is coming home this weekend from Ft. Riley, KS before being deployed there for 9 months.

Just wondered what to expect?
Never been there and know nothing about it except what I read.  Here's a Wikipedia link  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djibouti_(city))with a lot of info.  Looks like hot and dry and mostly Muslim.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: John Beard on May 07, 2014, 02:48:57 PM
Anyone ever had any experience being stationed in Djibouti, Africa?  Son is coming home this weekend from Ft. Riley, KS before being deployed there for 9 months.

Just wondered what to expect?

I was in Mombasa, Africa for a short time during my hitch in the USN, but that was back in the 70s. I got Shellback status crossing the equator on that cruise. It is the only place I know of where the ice is lukewarm. It is hot, humid, and not real American friendly. I hope all the best for your son...
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on May 07, 2014, 03:36:03 PM
Stationed there for 16mos, 88'-90'.  They have had their ups n' downs over the years.  What an experience.  Anyone spending time in Djibouti really learns to appreciate what we have here in America.  Semper Fi
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: RVn00b on May 08, 2014, 12:03:35 AM
Just found  the thread.  USAF 1985-1991.  Lackland to Lowry to Hickam to Wheeler, then RIF'd in 1988 (thanks for nothin', Congress) and spent the last 3 years on Inactive Reserve.

22nd TASS, attached to the Army's 25th ID at Schofield.

Daughter of a WWII Marine, sister of an Army vet, niece of a Vietnam AF vet, a WWII Navy vet, and another who spent WWII at the USNA, class of '46.  Descendant of veterans going all the way back to the American Revolution, including on both sides of the War Between the States, and a Revolutionary War POW kept on a British prison barge off the coast of Savannah, GA.

Thanks to everyone who served and to those who love 'em.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on May 09, 2014, 12:02:45 PM
Mark...Tell your son Thank You for me....from another big red ONE formerly barracked on Custer Hill at Ft. Riley

You can bet your bottom dollar I will.  Just checked with the DW who is now there waiting for him to sign out tomorrow and bring his stuff back for storage.  She didn't know if he is on Custer Hill and the boy is working so she couldn't ask.

To answer all the other replies:
Thanks.  I also did a little research about that tiny little country.  Hot and humid to say the least.  Luckily, my boy handles the heat and humidity a lot better than I do.  He loves to play basketball in the stuff. 
A couple of the neighboring countries don't sound too American friendly either.  I worry a little.  But, that's what he signed up for.  Pride of country and adventure.  We stand behind him.

As far as being appreciative of what we have being Americans...
Do you really think that the thought will make him clean his room while home?   ;) ;D

Seriously, well said.  Thank you to all who have served.  We all need to recognize and remember the price paid by all members of our military services.  As well as those who paid the ultimate price so we may have the freedoms we cherish today.
We also need to keep in mind those who are still paying the bill. 
Since my son joined the Army, I will never forget again.         
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on May 11, 2014, 03:18:47 AM
I think many here would enjoy watching this from Ronny Reagan.
 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Wt8y18YFH70)

-Don-  Reno, NV
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Marauderer on May 11, 2014, 07:30:03 AM
Thanks to all that have served and those that supported them.

USN (SS) 62-92
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on May 11, 2014, 07:45:49 AM
Hey catblaster..
My boy got home from Ft. Riley early yesterday morning.  He is also a Custer Hill resident!  I'll bet the two of you guys could tell some stories.  Some old, some new.  Interesting concept!

I told him what you said.  He gave me the thumbs up and a very proud looking nod.

I think many here would enjoy watching this from Ronny Reagan.
 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Wt8y18YFH70)

Well done.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on May 11, 2014, 08:11:55 PM
Well done.
Yes, I thought so too, a great speech from Ronny.

Here is another interesting fact that I think most here would be interested in . . . .very  few know about what happens after the tourists leave Pearl Harbor.
 (http://www.youtube.com/embed/MgE2KiPd3xg?feature=player_detailpage)
-Don- Reno, NV
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wendy on May 12, 2014, 12:03:39 PM
Thank you for posting that link. I'm fortunate enough to have visited the Memorial many years ago, a profoundly moving place. I didn't know that survivors were returning when they passed. Not many WWII vets left. Thanks to all of them for their service.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on May 12, 2014, 07:56:20 PM
Thank you for posting that link. I'm fortunate enough to have visited the Memorial many years ago, a profoundly moving place.
Yeah, I've been there too, many years ago.

-Don-
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on May 14, 2014, 11:52:06 AM
Ronny's speech is still fresh in my mind.  My son got a phone call from a MP Staff Sargent last night.  Upon hanging up, he trucked around the house cussing up a storm.  Red in the face, steam from the ears, eyes looking like he was going to kill someone.  The DW made him sit down and compose himself and try to find out what the matter was.  Keep that thought in mind.

Why did I think of Ronny's speech? 
I found it ironic of how true it was.  I remembered my son telling us how pride, dignity, integrity, and camaraderie are points that are stressed.  They train with battle buddies.  They watch each other's back.  Correct each other before a mistake is made.  They learn to trust each other to the core.  For it may be a fellow soldier that carries him off the field and saves his life.  The Soldier's Creed itself declares that a soldier will never leave a fallen comrade.  I found the speech ironic because apparently there are those in the military who feel the speech, training, and creed doesn't apply to them.

Back to the beginning...
The phone call from the MP was to inform my son that someone broke into his room (and the adjoining room) after he went on leave and cleaned him out of all the electronics he had.  Couple of 42" flat screens and video gaming equipment.  The wife was suppose to bring all that stuff home but our boy was told the day before leave that all of their belongings would be packed up, insured, and stored in a locked storage area until their return from Africa.  That's what he decided to do.  I guess it was a bad choice.  But who knew?

My whole point is how low can someone be to do this sort of thing to a comrade that they may be fighting next to tomorrow?  I can't understand it.  My boy was informed late last night that they do have a person in custody that they are 90% sure that this was at least one of the people responsible.  As of now, we don't know if any of his issued deployment gear is still there.  His passport, banking information, SS card, and such were all in a drawer.  Don't know if it's gone.  The room is considered a crime scene and sealed off. 

Here is the piece of info that disturbes me the most.  There is only one way to gain access to the room without a physical kicking in of the door.  The door locks are of the electronic type.  Much like hotel rooms needing a coded card to enter.  A master "key" is only available to a Staff Sargent and higher rank and must be signed for.  And they can not go alone.  They must be accompanied by whoever is on duty as a runner.  No forced entry was detected.  An inside job?

Sorry if this post has gone on too long.  I had to vent somewhere.  I haven't lost faith.  I just found myself shaking my head in disbelief on how someone who may have been going through the same training my son has for the past year, could turn around and screw a fellow comrade like this?       

   
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on May 14, 2014, 12:18:37 PM
Unfortunately...or maybe fortunately, the military is a microcosm of the rest of the country.  I've witnessed and even participated in more than one "blanket party" in my early days in the Navy.  Thieves abound everywhere.  Thankfully, my experience seems to indicate that that thief is just as likely to "have your back" in a battle as anyone else.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on May 14, 2014, 01:49:29 PM
I know, Tom.  It just pains me that these young soldiers haven't even been on their first deployment yet!  They have been trained for weeks/months to rely on their fellow soldiers if needed.  As those same soldiers should rely on him.  And he needs to be there for them.  My boy is good to go.  Now he is a victim the minute he leaves base.  By at least one of his own comrades!

Doesn't do much in gaining trust in your fellow soldier, does it?

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on May 15, 2014, 08:49:57 PM
I know, Tom.  It just pains me that these young soldiers haven't even been on their first deployment yet!  They have been trained for weeks/months to rely on their fellow soldiers if needed.  As those same soldiers should rely on him.  And he needs to be there for them.  My boy is good to go.  Now he is a victim the minute he leaves base.  By at least one of his own comrades!

Doesn't do much in gaining trust in your fellow soldier, does it?

UPDATE:
A second person in custody. More rooms found broken into. Some property recovered. None of which belongs to my son at this point. Hoping the wheels of justice are in motion. Staff Sargent staying in close contact with my boy with updates.  No specific details over the phone due to the investigation.

However, that good feeling is coming back! Those MP's are going to find all of those responsible. Maybe not all the property that was stolen from our soldiers can be returned, but maybe the trust lost.  It's a start.       
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on May 25, 2014, 11:52:55 PM
Ok, I can't stand it.  I apologize for bringing the thread down.   :-[

I see it's stagnant and it's officially Memorial Day in a couple minutes.  The DW and I just got back from dropping off our son back to Ft. Riley, Kansas.  1600+ miles in two days.  We're whipped!  I gave him a hug 24 hours ago and said I hope to see him in 9 months.  Remembrance now becomes an issue.  Which brings me to my point with the holiday at hand...

It's currently Memorial Day as I type.  I wish to give my sincere thanks to those who gave their all so I have my freedom.  I wish to remember those who didn't come back.  So that I have a right to put my hand up and speak my piece.  That I have a right to protect and take care of my family.  A right to be able to work and afford what I have.  A place to go on the weekends and enjoy nature.  The opportunity to travel this great nation to see its sights at my leisure.  Just to mention a few things.

I also give thanks to all in our military branches upholding that same constitution.  As well as those who have served and can enjoy the results of their service with their families now.  Thank you.

To all the rest, have a great Memorial Day weekend! 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Marauderer on May 28, 2014, 09:15:52 PM
Denmarc, it's ok to vent on this forum.  I for one understand your frustration.  I spent 30 yrs in the US Navy and saw a lot of s*$$ in that time.  There are always people that will turn on their friends.  It has been that way since time began.  I hope your son gets his equipment back.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on May 28, 2014, 09:22:28 PM
Denmarc, that happens everywhere and all the time. While at Camp Hovey 1968 we had one of our mechanics stealing our hard to get tools. We laid a trap for him and he got caught and punished. It was my tool chest he had robbed but after he took a beatin from everyone else I didn't have the heart to bring any more pain to him. Next day he was transferred to the zone and I never saw him again. I bet he learned his lesson, good guy just sticky fingers and  he still would have walked into a fight for any of us.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: gwcowgill on May 29, 2014, 12:05:16 PM
Unfortunately, a thief is a thief and will most likely never be changed. The prison system is full of repeat offenders. Being AF retired, I seen much of the same type behavior. Years ago judges in our judicial system would take offenders and let them off if they would join the military. I don't know if this still goes on but I suspicion it still does. Don't want them in civilian life so ship them off to the military which is no better equipped to deal with them than the civilian penal system. Blanket parties were a way to deal with problem people but does not cure the underlying problem.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: driftless shifter on May 29, 2014, 12:45:41 PM
Almost immediate transfer after caught, while I was in the Navy.  Usually the next day, if at sea. Helo'd right out of there, it was never said, but it was assumed, the command was concerned of a "man overboard" scenario. It happens, I always say a prayer and wonder if the poor guy died for stealing, when I hear of one in the news.

Bill
Title: Re: Family Veterans
Post by: Rob VanVoorhis on June 24, 2014, 10:30:49 PM
Rob VanVoorhis
1974 USN USS Independence CV-62
Arresting Gear
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on August 19, 2014, 11:09:07 AM
This thread got really quiet! A quick update...

The boy is doing fine in Africa. Been spending alot of time in the camp gym. I think he is trying to turn himself into the Hulk! Minus the green color, I hope.  ;)
Doing his job manning a M-120 (I think that's what he called it).

Said he hurt his shoulder. "War injury"? Oh, hell no!!! Hurt it while arm wrestling a fellow soldier.   :o

That's my boy.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on August 19, 2014, 01:33:47 PM
The M120 that I know of is a 120mm mortar that replaced the 4 deuce that I had to babysit for a while. Hope it's trailer mounted cause carrying around any part of that will pull out a shoulder.  Tell him I says Hooah and thanks.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on August 20, 2014, 10:14:50 AM
The M120 that I know of is a 120mm mortar that replaced the 4 deuce that I had to babysit for a while. Hope it's trailer mounted cause carrying around any part of that will pull out a shoulder.  Tell him I says Hooah and thanks.

Couldn't tell ya, Will. He posted a pic of the thing and to me it kinda looks like a M-4 with legs, a handlebar, and on steroids. A big SOB, but can be carried.  I probably got it wrong somehow.  Oh well...

Will pass on your message.
 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: 9uc on September 03, 2014, 08:07:49 PM
Did my service in the Air Force.

Aug '66 to Jan '78:  Active Duty.  First three years Security Police, then 8 years Accounting and Finance
Sep '83 to Sep '85:  Reserves.  Munitions Technician
Sep '85 to Dec '93:  Active Duty, Accounting and Finance

Brothers Forever.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: dianne9106 on September 29, 2014, 08:07:44 PM
We are an Army Family.
Myself: 1994-2003 (NBC - Reserve and Active Duty time). DH: 1997 - current (Acquisition Officer) . DS: 2009 - current (PYSOP).

Dianne
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: NLRevell on October 06, 2014, 06:57:59 PM
Lee Revell.  Did time in two services.
USAF, 1976-1980.  Tyndall AFB, Fla.  Avionics Tech on the T-33A trainer, F-101B/F Voodoo and F-106A/B Interceptors.
Got out for eight months, no good job prospects, reupped.  But USAF would send me back to Tyndall.
US Navy, 1980-1986.  Home Port NorVa, USS Ainsworth FF-1090 ASW Frigate, followed by a year at NAVCAMSLANT comm station, as Electronic Tech working UHF Radio and Crypto gear.
I enjoyed the six years in the Navy more so than the four in the USAF.  More travel, better overall experience.  One Med Cruise, seven months.  Saw obama's hometown of Mombasa, Kenya.  Reminded me of Quincy, Florida but without the Indian merchant class.   ;)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jhskick on October 06, 2014, 08:44:47 PM
USAF SSGT 1966-1970   462 Weapons
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: TonyDtorch on November 05, 2014, 09:22:29 PM
US Army 1971-74
163rd Military Intelligence battalion (combat)  3rd Army headquarters.

 part of the giant waste of good people called ...Vietnam
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ralph0808 on November 06, 2014, 01:52:34 PM
US Army 1971-1974
173rd Armor Co. D  Recon
Tong Du Ch on, Korea
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jimmyt on January 04, 2015, 10:07:54 AM
USAF 1964 to 1984  ( 1964 aircrew life support, cross-trained 1975 aircrew loadmaster
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Sr Fox on January 04, 2015, 12:07:31 PM
My wife was US Army Nurse.  85-99
Does that count? :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: TonyDtorch on January 04, 2015, 12:28:28 PM
absolutely  that counts.

  many people that would like to thank her for her service, myself included.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kdbgoat on January 04, 2015, 01:28:41 PM
 X2. A good many of us are in a lot better shape than we would have been if it hadn't been for good nurses. Thank you Mam.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Utclmjmpr on February 10, 2015, 08:27:38 AM
 USAF 59 to 63......Good times and bad.>>>Dan
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: 3tailsrv on February 10, 2015, 11:52:33 AM
US Navy retired (1987-2007) USS Sacramento. USS Constellation, USS Carl Vinson, Stationed mostly in Washington state... 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on February 10, 2015, 01:58:36 PM
Another update:
Our boy is back to Ft. Riley from Africa and awaiting leave. We can't wait to see him next month! 3 weeks home and then onto Ft. Lewis, WA. The DW has already dusted off her Winter AF jacket to go pick him up! When he returns to Ft. Riley after leave, he will be talking to some lawyer there pertaining to the items stolen from him when he left for Africa. They did find and arrest the soldiers involved (inside job) and compensation is at hand.

He's back safe and sound. All we care about. Makes me appreciate even more all involved in our armed services. Current and retired. Can't thank you all enough. 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: catblaster on February 10, 2015, 05:10:30 PM
Mark, I know he is in the 1st Inf at ft. Riley but when he goes to Ft. Lewis is he going into the 7th Infantry?  I did time in that unit also when it was in Korea 68-69 got my agent orange there.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: denmarc on February 12, 2015, 11:01:43 AM
Mark, I know he is in the 1st Inf at ft. Riley but when he goes to Ft. Lewis is he going into the 7th Infantry?  I did time in that unit also when it was in Korea 68-69 got my agent orange there.

Haven't heard that from him. But it does make sense due to the fact that the word is his unit is being disbanded. Will have to ask him.

Edit:
Got answers faster than expected. At this point, son will still be 1st Infantry upon arrival at Ft. Lewis. After reporting in, no clue.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: dhyravy on February 19, 2015, 03:37:15 PM
Dan Hyravy - FTM3  US Navy 1976-1982
USS Gridley CG21
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: KevinG on February 19, 2015, 05:43:36 PM
SCPO (Ret)
USN '88-'11
USS Arthur W Radford (DD 968) '98-'01
USS Decatur (DDG 73) '04-'08 and many other places, ships, subs, and deployments in between.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Hoosier Daddy on February 21, 2015, 06:12:02 AM
SSgt E5
Crew Chief F-4 / F-16's
122nd TAC Fighter Wing

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Charlie and Vernie on March 01, 2015, 09:31:11 PM
Chuck Ely
USN 1959-1963
Signalman 3rd class
2 yrs on West Coast, two West Pac tours  on AE14 out of Port Chicago Calif.
2 yrs on East Coast, recommission AKA-88 in The bay area in went thru the panama canal to Norfolk Va.
Two Med cruises. 
When I go out I would not tell anyone I had served as the civilians hated military.  Was ashamed and confused for years.
I have worked thru and my brothers and sisters who served in Nam had it worse.  Thank all of you who have served.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: RetNavy03 on April 15, 2015, 02:58:13 PM
Dave Yarborough

US Navy 1967-1973, DaNang 69-70, USS Wichita AOR-1
US Navy 1980-2003, Retired E8 (SKCS)

Thanks to all that have served.  Just wish we could get a few politicians to serve.

 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ChiaVet on April 20, 2015, 11:50:34 PM
Both of is are Veterans   
Ken USAF 66-70
VietNam 67

Cyn USNavy 68-76
VietNam era
Stationed west coast
MCAS El Toro
Long Beach Navy Hospital


cyn
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: riccibower on May 03, 2015, 09:33:43 AM
OH-58D Scout Helicopter pilot, 82nd ABN DIV
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kwbush on May 11, 2015, 06:11:07 PM

1966-1972, 1978-1979 USAR Co. D 365th Engineer Battalion (Combat Engineers)

Thank you to all who served!  :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Flyboy on May 18, 2015, 10:42:01 AM
One thing we always like when traveling are the great people we have met in CG's we stayed...many were ex-military.

Most servicemen and women serve willingly. They would do the job regardless, but having the America people support and thank them is priceless.  For all of you who do, Thank You. 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: terence nathan on May 19, 2015, 09:27:05 AM
I received a letter this morning from one Myron B Roker, a 91 year old living in Glenwood, IA.  I came into contact with him thru Jim Dick, its a long story!  In his letter, Mr Roker talked about the 15 days he spent bivouacked just south of the port of Cherbourg in 1944 (I live half an hour from there), and how he will never forget the ride in the 40 x 8 box car to Nancy in France where he spent 204 days in Combat 144 without a break (which at that time was the longest any outfit had been in continuous action).  He wrote about receiving a German souvenir, a bullet in his right leg, and how he didn't have to be evacuated but instead was awarded the Purple Heart!  He was wounded a second time, shrapnel in his right shoulder.  He jokingly mentioned the only action he sees these days is mowing the lawn, which he was going to do the next morning.

Long live people like Myron.

Terry Nathan, RV Forum member living in Normandy, France

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: eldcas57 on July 20, 2015, 01:10:04 AM
Nothing important here, just another job, 29 yrs, 11 mnths, and 3 days, retired US Army.  last unit 2nd Bn, 4th Bde, 10th Mntn Div. Fort Polk, La. A couple trips across the pond. 

Anyone who has served, no matter how long or short, no matter where you have been or not been, has my utmost respect.

Thanks for your service!

Eldon and Bert (Roberta)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Route66Detail on July 20, 2015, 10:29:56 AM
US Navy, VFA-82 @ NAS Cecil Field 1996-2000
US Navy Reserves, VR-58 @ NAS Jacksonville 2009- Present
Currently AME2
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Artstang on July 26, 2015, 03:53:05 PM
Hello Fellow Veterans,
Glad to see fellow forum members and fellow shipmate Wizard46 from the USS Albany CG-10.
US Navy - 71-97 (USS Albany CG-10, USS Steinaker DD-863, NAS Jax, NAS Cecil, NS Mayport, CBU-410)

Thanks for your service as well :).
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kwajkat on August 21, 2015, 11:07:08 PM
WAC vet 69-75, scenic tour of the east coast and the south.

WAARNG 76-83, 1118th Transportation Company(medium Boat), 144th Transportation Battalion

My Mom was a WWII WAVE aviation storekeeper. 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: steve407 on August 22, 2015, 07:28:25 PM
Ok 1 more who just found this thread:  USN Radioman 2nd Class, '66 - '71, USS Shangri La (2 full and a partial Med Cruise), AWFR (Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range) PR, NavComSta Ft. Allen, PR. Thank you to all vets, and especially to those who saw action other than sitting on their backsides safe like me. My most dangerous mission was navigating back to Fleet Landing while wasted before a Cinderella Liberty violation put me in the brig.

You Marines, Army, Seals, PJ's, Pilots, and other groups who "get the job done regardless of the risk" are my heroes. And second to none are the spouses that hold down the fort, raise the kids and feed the dog. Thank you for your sacrifice.  And lastly, thanks to the US Navy for making something out of a 'rebel without a clue' when I went joined to avoid the draft.  The great life in high tech I've enjoyed is all due to you and your training.

Steve
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Americal_Vet on August 24, 2015, 09:31:55 PM
Another US Army Veteran here.  Combat Engineer 6 years, 11 months, and 29 days (but whose counting?)  Then to college on the GI Bill, then to the Police Academy. Retired after 27 years on the job.  Now I fish.... not just once in awhile, but a lot.  Love Retirement!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: lokikutsch on August 24, 2015, 10:21:13 PM
My wife Marie  retired Air Force, 76-96, last stationed Misawa Japan.

As for me, DOD Civ, sometimes in a uniform, standing watch going on 38 years. Will probably punch in a year or two.

For those of you retired...I am jealous!
Title: Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
Post by: TroutVictor on August 26, 2015, 09:24:04 PM
20 years active duty with the Army. Retired in 1995. Assignments included 8th Infantry Division, Ft. Benning, 101st Airborne, 160th SOAR.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: cloofamily on September 10, 2015, 02:22:54 PM
Retired 2013 from the US Navy. 

USS Underwood (FFG-36) - Mayport, FL
SIMA Norfolk - Norfolk, VA
USS Shoup (DDG-86) - Everett, WA
NCTAMS PAC - Wahiawa, HI
USS Nassau (LHA-4) - Norfolk, VA
USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) - Little Creek, VA
NIOC Norfolk - Little Creek, VA

Retired to Rock Springs, WY and went right into being an Electronics Technician with Halliburton Energy Services.

Met my wife on the USS Shoup 12 years ago.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: chas1950 on September 17, 2015, 08:36:33 PM
1967-1973 US Army
VN HHC 1ST Cav and C 1/9
EU NATO, SHAPE Belgium
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: old salty on October 21, 2015, 01:57:45 PM
SSgt USMC Retired  1983-2003  5821/5811
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on October 21, 2015, 04:15:02 PM
SSgt USMC Retired  1983-2003  5821/5811

Cool.  SSgt USMC 1983-1994 1371/8156/2336  here.  Semper Fi.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: tomvirginia on December 03, 2015, 12:35:28 AM
US Navy.
A7 pilot. Two cruises on USS Kitty Hawk. 310 carrier landings.
Pacific Fleet Adversaries. NAS Lemoore CA.
US Naval reserves Alameda CA.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on December 03, 2015, 04:20:02 PM
US Navy.
A7 pilot. Two cruises on USS Kitty Hawk. 310 carrier landings.
Pacific Fleet Adversaries. NAS Lemoore CA.
US Naval reserves Alameda CA.

A7 - Cool jet!  I fondly remember a day I was standing near the flight line in Subic (85') was there on Westpac off the Tarawa, Daluth, Tuscaloosa (time on all) while in the Corps.  Watched a jock taxi'ing with canopy up, arm hanging out wheeling into position.  Thanks for your service friend!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: William52 on December 03, 2015, 04:52:04 PM
USN '60-'77...USNR '77-'85 AQCS (E-8) Aviation Fire Control (now Aviation Electronics Tech - ATCS) - VAH-8 A-3D Sky Warrior (USS Midway CVA-41), VA-75 A-6A Intruder (USS Kittyhawk CVA-63), VF-41 F-4B Phantom (USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42) - and a few places in between.
USN 72/76  I went to A school with a guy that was on the Shitty Kitty, However first in class Lakehurst N.J. ABE3( aviation boatswain mate)Port cat safe PO USS F.D.R 72/76 Last cruise for Black Ace's with F 4 Phantom's74/75  Last guy from under da plane then . If my thumb was up Cat officer sent them off. Loved the ROSEY...
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on December 03, 2015, 06:54:30 PM
USN 72/76  I went to A school with a guy that was on the Shitty Kitty, However first in class Lakehurst N.J. ABE3( aviation boatswain mate)Port cat safe PO USS F.D.R 72/76 Last cruise for Black Ace's with F 4 Phantom's74/75  Last guy from under da plane then . If my thumb was up Cat officer sent them off. Loved the ROSEY...
We were shipmates!  I made the '73-'74 cruise as an AQ1 and again in '75 as AQC.  Remember the forward hangar bay door getting knocked in and killing a CPO on our return trip in '74?  Lot's of green water over the deck on that one.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: William52 on December 03, 2015, 07:38:50 PM
We were shipmates!  I made the '73-'74 cruise as an AQ1 and again in '75 as AQC.  Remember the forward hangar bay door getting knocked in and killing a CPO on our return trip in '74?  Lot's of green water over the deck on that one.
That was bad thing abt. CPO he was abt. to retire? I was in Mayport TAD waiting for ship , fresh out of A school. ABEAN So you went with Black Aces and I went to Philly, for repair. But was on the next cruise. V2 Cats started in waterbrakes, then Port cat hookup man F4's,nose toe A7 etc. then port cat Safety PO AB3 We shared the deck no doubt, I was in front of the JBD's LOL
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Tom/Barb on January 18, 2016, 09:06:25 PM
USN airdale Chief, entered service 1961, retired 1981, made 3 cruises on CVA 43 1964-1969, willie victor flight engineer, EA6B flight deck crew chief, CVA 61& CVA62. DOD civilian 1995-2007.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on January 19, 2016, 04:15:09 PM
USN airdale Chief, entered service 1961, retired 1981, made 3 cruises on CVA 43 1964-1969, willie victor flight engineer, EA6B flight deck crew chief, CVA 61& CVA62. DOD civilian 1995-2007.
Thank you for your service, yet another that is in my hero bin.  Everyone before I is my hero, thank you.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: tomkat197 on January 19, 2016, 04:55:47 PM
Msgt USMC Retired
Jan 67-Oct 89
Semper Fi
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on January 20, 2016, 03:37:26 PM
Msgt USMC Retired
Jan 67-Oct 89
Semper Fi
Back at ya leatherneck.  83'-94' here, 1371/8156/2336  Combat Engineer, MSG, EOD.  Oorah!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: arley on January 22, 2016, 05:43:12 PM
What's a Framily ?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: HueyPilotVN on January 22, 2016, 06:06:05 PM
Friends and Family
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Richandtd on January 26, 2016, 09:10:10 PM
USN 1974 1995 ENC (SW)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: bear 1951 on February 12, 2016, 07:25:57 AM
1971-77 USN AQ2
Great Lakes
NATTC Memphis-AV-A school, AFTA
Hughes Aircraft An-AWG-9 Radar
VF-124 Miramar---F-14
         Pt. MUGU det.
         IT School
         Wiring/conector Repair Specialist
         More GSE schools than I care to mention
VF-24
     

BEAR
     
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: bud01234 on February 12, 2016, 02:17:38 PM
1961-63 USN-R
USS Constellation CVA-64.

Thanks to All who served...
Thanks to whoever started this thread.

:)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on February 12, 2016, 08:05:42 PM
1971-77 USN AQ2
Great Lakes
NATTC Memphis-AV-A school, AFTA
Hughes Aircraft An-AWG-9 Radar
VF-124 Miramar---F-14
         Pt. MUGU det.
         IT School
         Wiring/conector Repair Specialist
         More GSE schools than I care to mention
VF-24
     

BEAR
     
Here's one you might not know...I was an AQB (AN,3 and 2).


I taught Basic Electronics at  NATTC back in the mid '60's as an AQB2.  Now I'm a retired ATCS - go figure.  They decommissioned the Queens and turned us into Twidigets.  I dunno.  Was that a sex change?


Thanks for your service.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on February 13, 2016, 10:30:17 AM
I was always told the Queens were to provide the Tweets with a dance partner.    Nosepicker One  :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Molaker on February 13, 2016, 10:35:12 AM
I was always told the Queens were to provide the Tweets with a dance partner.    Nosepicker One  :)
Too bad the Mechs have to go to the dance stag. :(
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Tom/Barb on February 19, 2016, 11:19:18 PM
For all you Spad Q&N types drivers, crew and maintainers. I checked into VAW 11 Nov. 64, My first job was to check out a fork lift and go help load the truck of all the armored cowling for the Peter-pan spads that was stored in the loft of hangar 411 at North Island. The Next day was the commissioning ceremony for VAW 13. I was fortunate the God never hated me and gave me orders to VAW 13. I spent 3 cruises with the E-2A VAW 11-Det A, and two with VAW 116.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Patrick Turner on February 22, 2016, 10:09:33 PM
Served US Army from 1972 to 2009. A lot of reserve time with active duty Tours in the USA,  AFG, Iraq-2, Japan, Korea. Retired from Army. Disabled Veteran rated 90% service connected. I am as proud of my service as I am of my country. If you tell me "thank you for your service", my response is "you were worth it".

Rangers Lead the Way.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Patrick Turner on March 20, 2016, 07:47:29 PM
Thanks to all serving men and women and especially you old timers!

1972-2003 active duty in Korea, Okinawa and many years of reserve service
2005-2009 active duty 24 months in IRQ and AFG with 2.5 years at Fort Sill

I'd like to say I enjoy most of it but not all of it in my 34 years. This is a wonderful country that I think of daily.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: TonyDtorch on April 14, 2016, 08:41:57 AM
1967-1973 US Army
VN HHC 1ST Cav and C 1/9
EU NATO, SHAPE Belgium

thank you very much for your service,

1st Cav and the Tet.....glad you made it home.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: lance15 on April 24, 2016, 10:59:34 PM
Army. Joined in '64.  '67 to '68 1st Cav, An Khe. Left just before Tet.  227th Avn. door gunner. 
'69 to '70 Cu Chi & Chu Lai Huey pilot.  Got out in '70 with the Early Outs.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 25, 2016, 12:01:34 AM
Hey Lance,

I also got out at the end of 70 on an early out on my second tour.  Was class 69-13.  Was in the Delta at Vinh Long 7/1 Cav.  Our call sign was Blackhawks

Here is the Kid at 20.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on April 25, 2016, 04:21:02 AM
Army. Joined in '64.  '67 to '68 1st Cav, An Khe. Left just before Tet.  227th Avn. door gunner. 
'69 to '70 Cu Chi & Chu Lai Huey pilot.  Got out in '70 with the Early Outs.
I've been to An Khe (4TH Infantry Division) quite a few times, but I was mainly in the boonies. I got drafted after Tet. Or should I say After Tet? I also own the book. (https://books.google.com/books/about/After_Tet.html?id=h5TtAAAAMAAJ)

-Don-  Reno, NV
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Family Adventurers on May 25, 2016, 08:53:06 AM
Bobby- still in the Navy
Mary- USAF 2002-2010
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on May 27, 2016, 04:08:56 PM
Thanks for everyone's service.  Enjoy our Memorial Day weekend and remember our lost brothers and sisters to freedom.  Semper Fi friends.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jim Dick on June 02, 2016, 02:01:39 AM
We are now working for our sixth year in Yellowstone. I try to thank all veterans I see in our store for their service. I do point out that, if they had read the brochure, they would have seen that the Navy provides three hot meals a day, clean racks every night, and free ocean cruises!! ;D I feel honored to meet former, and current, members of our great military regardless of their rank or branch of service. It is an honor for me to greet those that are, or have, served in the defense of our great country!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: butch50 on June 10, 2016, 03:27:01 PM
Joined US Army 1968- 1970 RVN Signal Corp. Early out after extending in Nam, ETS at 330 pm Christmas day 1970 in Oakland, CA. Pretty nice Christmas present. Served 2 years 6 months 6 days. Was a professional student with the Army going to 4 different electronics schools for a total of 16 months of school. Maintenance Chief of the communication site on Long Binh. Communication hub for South Corp Viet Nam.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Mi Cougar on June 21, 2016, 04:44:18 PM
Hello folks:  Just ran into this post so better check in accordingly.  Native of Puerto Rico, joined the U.S. Army by way of the draft in 1966.  Basic, AIT (Tigerland, Ft. Polk), then Nam.  Joined C Troop 1/10th Cav, 4th ID, which later became 3/4 Cav, 25 ID.  Plans were to do the required two years and get out.  Well, didn't turn out so.  Instead, completed a 22 year career and yes, still learning English, no regrets.  Most of the career after Nam was in Germany and yes, ich kann auch Deutsch. 

So before I get off the issue, we own a 2015 Freedom Express and while now living in Houston, TX, the one and only AC does not put out sufficient/acceptable cooling.  Meantime, doing some "window shopping' for a second unit. 

Any tips, suggestions, like, size, brand, etc. are much welcome.

Jose
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: TheWorstKind on July 02, 2016, 04:12:01 AM
US Navy active duty '84 - '04. Navy "cilivilian" presently. Thank God Almighty for the Navy. Thank you to all of my brothers and sisters. Today (02 July 2016) is the 154th anniversary of Taps. Watch the video and shed a tear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usk81XVsE9o.  God Bless America! 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: RPatt278 on July 06, 2016, 02:10:25 PM
Master Chief Petty Officer (Ret)
Submarine Sonar Technician
U.S. Navy - Submarine Force
1980 - 2007

USS Seahorse SSN 669
USS James Madison SSBN 627(B)
USS Georgia SSBN 729 (G)
USS Batfish SSN 681
USS Billfish SSN 676
USS Hampton SSN 767
USS Pittsburgh SSN 720
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bill N on July 17, 2016, 10:15:20 AM
Not sure if I have previously posted:

Bill Norwood, Lt Col, USAF (Ret) 1961-1981, SAC the entire time, Minuteman ICBM, launch officer, maintenance officer, SAC IG team.  Loved every minute of it.  Thanks to all others who served.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on July 24, 2016, 03:08:21 PM
Not sure if I have previously posted:

Bill Norwood, Lt Col, USAF (Ret) 1961-1981, SAC the entire time, Minuteman ICBM, launch officer, maintenance officer, SAC IG team.  Loved every minute of it.  Thanks to all others who served.

Thanks for your service cold war hero.  Ssgt USMC here, EOD, MSG, Combat Engineer, Urahhha!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: BruceP on August 05, 2016, 12:27:50 PM
It was my privileged to serve in the US Army. SFC ret. 1974-1995

Soon to be living the ful time rv life!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: BlkZrx on August 17, 2016, 03:37:28 PM
Drafted US Army 72-74,  wife retired from the Navy in 96.  Thank you all for your service.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Jack65K on August 19, 2016, 11:14:15 AM
USN - Seabees  1968-1972
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: askibum02 on August 20, 2016, 11:01:34 PM
US Army 1997-2006

1997-2001 1/321 FAR (ABN) Ft Bragg, NC
2001-2002 Madigan Army Med Center, Ft Lewis WA
2002-2006 Walter Reed Army Med Center, Wash DC

Now a 100% Disabled Vet.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Gsport on September 15, 2016, 11:16:47 PM
One thing we always like when traveling are the great people we have met in CG's we stayed...many were ex-military.  I think it would be nice for the veterans of this forum to identify yourself.

Thank you for your service.

Bill T

Recon Platoon, 1/22 Infantry,  4th Infantry Division RVN
This is the first time I've opened this thread... Bill, I too was in 1/22 Infantry, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, Colorado '73 and '74
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Steelers1407 on September 19, 2016, 11:20:07 PM
SGT., E-5, Active Duty 84-87, Recalled back from the IRR for Desert Storm, 1991. 1st and 3rd of the 325th, ABN INF, 82nd Airborne.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: BIG JOE on September 20, 2016, 10:30:24 AM
US NAVY SEABEE's.. 1960-1982. Heavy Equipment Operator (E-7 retired)

RVN.. 2 Tours
Antarctica.. 6 Tours
Various Shore Stations


Damn Proud To Have Served Our Great Country.

Joe 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bill N on September 20, 2016, 04:47:42 PM
This is one group of people who do NOT kneel for the national anthem!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ChipinSC on September 23, 2016, 09:11:47 AM
HOOAH! First I want to thank you all for your service!!  I am a 15 year Army Vet 1980-1983, 1986-1997, currently 90% disabled.
Over the years I saw a few places...
  Ft Leonard Wood Mo, HHC 4/4 1980-1981,
 Germany 35Th FA Peden Barracks 81-83
 (took a break 83-86)
 Ft Hood TX HHB 1/3 FA 2AD 86-88,
 Sinai Egypt 88-89 Aviation Co. 1st support Bn, MFO,
 JCSE MacDill AFB Tampa FL, JTF-A 89-92,... Deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm
92-95 University of Tampa ROTC,
95-96 Korea, 3rd MI Bn
96-97 Ft Stewart Ga Medical Hold Company 
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: E5Jake on September 27, 2016, 11:22:32 AM
Chad "Jake" Jacobs
USMC, Sergeant/E-5 (forum name might make sense now)
1996-2000
2nd MAW, Cherry Point, NC

Semper Fi.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ex-SubGuy on October 07, 2016, 07:58:30 PM
Thanks to all that served.
US Navy - 1972 - 1998 - Retired as Master Chief Machinist Mate
Navy Nuc - 3 submarine tours/2 shipyard tours/2 prototype tours
USS FS Key / USS C Pulaski / USS MG Vallejo - Charleston, SC
Charleston and Portsmouth NSY
Idaho - Prototype x 2
Russ Gibbs
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Quillback 424 on October 07, 2016, 08:53:44 PM
Ex-subGuy:

Possibly a bit before your time but I had an older brother who served on the Pulaski in the late '60s and maybe early '70s. His shore duty was tracking subs from Charleston and he retired as QMSC.

In '67 I pulled into Rota on Quillback (SS-424) and my brother was standing on the pier, just like he knew we were coming. He then went on his cruse and I went on mine.

Maybe 25 years later, at a family get together, he told me that on that cruise he tracked every sub in the Atlantic and the Med, except Quillback. He just couldn't find the old Pigboat. He didn't ask where we went and I didn't tell him. I always suspected, though, that he was only looking in International waters.

Thank you for your service and congratulations at achieving the highest level of leadership and technical expertise possible in your distinguished career.

Larry IC2 (SS) '65-'69
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Rene T on October 07, 2016, 09:49:15 PM
Thanks to all that served.
US Navy - 1972 - 1998 - Retired as Master Chief Machinist Mate
Navy Nuc - 3 submarine tours/2 shipyard tours/2 prototype tours
USS FS Key / USS C Pulaski / USS MG Vallejo - Charleston, SC
Charleston and Portsmouth NSY
Idaho - Prototype x 2
Russ Gibbs

When were you at PNSY?  I retired from there. 1967 to 1994. X-38 Machinist (Marine) Supervisor.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mocotom on October 25, 2016, 07:06:23 AM
Tom R
USMC 1968-1972
UH1E (huey) and then for some unknown reason to me, F-4 Phantom. It's the Marine Corps way
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: glen54737 on October 25, 2016, 03:50:55 PM
When were you at PNSY?  I retired from there. 1967 to 1994. X-38 Machinist (Marine) Supervisor.
Hi I was there in 1988-90 X-51 electrician right after i got out.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: JFN on October 25, 2016, 06:44:04 PM
Thank you all for your service, John, SSGT USAF BEALE AFB  66-69, SR71 mechanic.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Old_Crow on December 08, 2016, 09:41:06 AM
Thanks everyone for your service.
Wally, USAF '71-'75 active(Williams AFB, Ubon, Thailand, Luke AFB)  '81-'87 Cali Air Guard, March AFB.   
Crew Chief, T-37's, T-38's, F-4C's, D's and RF's
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: A Traveler on December 18, 2016, 11:38:02 PM
US Army. 1968-1972.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: whokares2 on January 10, 2017, 10:12:33 PM
USAF, 42nd AMMS Loring AFB, Maine.  Hound Dog Missile Specialist.  1972-1975.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ssbetta on January 11, 2017, 06:27:12 PM
USAF 72 - 76   1st TFW
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Wolffox on February 03, 2017, 11:45:36 PM
Gary B
USNR Corpsman 72-73, Disabled Vet.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: trailerbob on February 05, 2017, 10:18:25 PM
U.S.A.F  July 1971- Jan 1993 Retired Msgt.  Aircraft Avionics   

Thanks to all who served.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: KODIAKHERSHEY on February 08, 2017, 12:54:31 PM
Retired USAF. 1972-1993.
Shepherd AFB, Tx. Eielson AFB, AK. Hanscom Field, MA. USAF Academy, Co. Homestead AGB, Fl. RAF Greenham Common, UK. Dover AFB, De. Galena AFS, Ak. Back to Dover AFB, De.
Thank you to ALL who served.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: BIG JOE on February 08, 2017, 01:01:35 PM
Retired USAF. 1972-1993.
Shepherd AFB, Tx. Eielson AFB, AK. [Hanscom Field, MA.] USAF Academy, Co. Homestead AGB, Fl. RAF Greenham Common, UK. Dover AFB, De. Galena AFS, Ak. Back to Dover AFB, De.
Thank you to ALL who served.

Hanscom Field, Ma... has a VERY nice DOD Famcamp RV park.  :)

Near the MTA "Red Line" for seeing Boston sites. Minute Man NP is near by too.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: azwinne on February 09, 2017, 09:59:30 PM
USN Jan '66 to Nov '69.
Was in Philippines at Subic Bay, Oct '66 in transit company waiting for ship ( USS Oriskany CVA 34) when it had the magnesium flare fire  ( 44 people died ). After emergency repairs/cleanup we came right back to states for emergency yard period. Did two cruises on the Mighty O and got out Nov. '69.  When we got back to the Tonkin Gulf after the fire repairs we were near the Forrestal when she had her bad fire, a bout 130 or so died there.  Ships especially fighting ships can be a very dangerous, but still not like someone  shooting at you 24/7.  The guys in country were the real ones at risk.
Thanks to all who served.

EM2
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: regval on February 09, 2017, 11:31:48 PM
USAF, 1967 - 1976.
Clark AB, Phillipines; Tan Son Nhut Air Base-RVN, Pleiku Air Base-RVN, Cape Romanzof AFS-AK, Minot AFB-ND, Bergstrom AFB-TX, Barksdale AFB-LA, Keesler AFB-MS.

Thanks to all that served.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: dosxx on February 17, 2017, 08:39:39 AM
Milt Scherotter, US Navy 1976-1980. Air Traffic Controller at NAS Norfolk and USS Kitty Hawk CV-63..greatest adventure of my life!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jje1960 on February 19, 2017, 04:24:01 PM
Any EOD folks out there?  We all went to the same school!

USMC
1st EOD Platoon
Camp Pendleton
91' - 94'
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ammotroop1991 on February 20, 2017, 05:32:28 AM
Dave and Vicky

I'm still active serving in USAF.  Ammo Chief  (E-9)
Vicky retired CMSgt (Sep 16) 2A600

IYAAYAS
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DesertDustBunny on March 08, 2017, 01:32:32 AM
Incredibly heartwarming to see so many active duty and retired veterans from all branches of our military (and their families) posting on here.

My husband served, active duty, 20 years in the U.S Navy, 1987-2007, Damage Controlman, DC1, E6 (SW)
USS Ingraham FFG-61, Everett, WA (his last command before retirement)

A few of his other commands include:

USS Peleliu LHA-5 (San Diego, CA)
USS Proteus AS-19 (Guam)
Los Alamos AFDB-7 (Scotland) (his first command, home-ported in Scotland...where he met me  :D)

Our youngest son enlisted in the U.S Navy July, 2015 and is currently stationed at Lemoore NAS, CA (Aviation Machinist's Mate/AD, E3)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: ChiefM on March 08, 2017, 05:29:47 AM
CW4
Retired from active duty 1 December last year with 31 years.
Semi-retired but working towards full retirement in the next year or so.
Still no replacement motorhome yet but working towards that goal. Can't wait to travel around and see some of this great country we live in.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jagnweiner on March 08, 2017, 08:00:35 AM
CW4
Retired from active duty 1 December last year with 31 years.
Semi-retired but working towards full retirement in the next year or so.
Still no replacement motorhome yet but working towards that goal. Can't wait to travel around and see some of this great country we live in.

Me and the Chief, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, 2014.  Chief was passing through on his way home for R&R.  He left his ballistic vest and helmet with me for safekeeping while he was stateside.  I was praying that he actually came back from R&R, so I didn't have to do the paperwork to get rid of Government equipment.   ;D  Good times and a good man.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: LS-One on March 08, 2017, 06:50:19 PM
 Navy 1974-1978

USS Haddo SSN-604 1975-1978 (nuclear submarine)

Reported aboard in Pascagoula Mississippi as she came out of the shipyards after reactor refueling. Home ported in San Diego.

 Fondest memory was traversing the Panama Canal. Not too many subs go through the canal and it was a spectacle for everyone on land watching us.

Interior communications electrician IC2SS (E-5)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bjammin on March 21, 2017, 07:41:05 PM
Hi folks!  85-07, 22 year retired USAF Msg  Fairly new to forum and RVing.  Proud to have served and thankful for all veterans!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Shasta Bob on April 16, 2017, 08:16:29 PM
Charlie Battery 1/11 Field Artillery Fort Lewis, WA. 1975-1978 the On Time battilion
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Oldgator73 on April 26, 2017, 03:03:36 PM
USAF 1975-1999 Retired MSgt (E-7) Civil Engineering (HVAC).
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: BIG JOE on April 26, 2017, 05:51:57 PM
USAF 1975-1999 Retired MSgt (E-7) Civil Engineering (HVAC).

Hmmm.. Civil Engineering..  would that be, Red Horse ? If so,  we trained along side a lot of those guys at the CBC, Port Hueneme, Ca.. back in the 70's. 8)

Retired EOC (E-7) USN, SeaBees.

You don't hear much about the USAF "Red Horse" guys.. Same with us SeaBees ?  :(
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Oldgator73 on April 26, 2017, 07:39:37 PM
Hmmm.. Civil Engineering..  would that be, Red Horse ? If so,  we trained along side a lot of those guys at the CBC, Port Hueneme, Ca.. back in the 70's. 8)

Retired EOC (E-7) USN, SeaBees.

You don't hear much about the USAF "Red Horse" guys.. Same with us SeaBees ?  :(

Never was part of Red Horse. My son was in Red Horse in Korea. I was in Tech School at Sheppard AFB, TX with a few SeaBees and my son went to Tech School in Mississippi with the SeaBees.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: BIG JOE on April 26, 2017, 10:12:03 PM
Never was part of Red Horse. My son was in Red Horse in Korea. I was in Tech School at Sheppard AFB, TX with a few SeaBees and my son went to Tech School in Mississippi with the SeaBees.

Okay.. Gotcha. Great RV site here.. Enjoy
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Hoosier Daddy on April 29, 2017, 05:34:41 AM
Quote
I was in Tech School at Sheppard AFB, TX

Me too, but was learning to be an F4 Crew Chief.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Old_Crow on April 29, 2017, 07:22:57 AM
Me too, but was learning to be an F4 Crew Chief.

Me too, in 1971.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: mypursuit on April 29, 2017, 11:32:20 AM
In the mid seventies, I too worked on F-4's except for the Navy.  We often wondered how the
Air Force got anything done with all there specialties.  Many times I was flown off the ship
to some airfield to fix a broken bird.  I was a qualified hi/lo power turn qualed mech and
my crew usually consisted of  3/4 kids of various degrees of talent.  We scrounged what
we needed,  often from our Air Force brothers, and somehow managed to have the bird
up and ready to fly back to the carrier.  These beach dets were much sought after
diversions from the ship.  Not only did we work hard, we got to play hard as well.
Thanks for your sevice.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: whokares2 on May 07, 2017, 03:30:32 PM
42 AMMS Hound Dog Missile Mechanic Loring AFB Maine.  1972-1974.  Going to Catawba Ohio in morning hope to see a vet or two.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bill N on May 08, 2017, 12:24:03 PM
Anybody here serve in the Minuteman Missile field - U.S. Air Force?  I was on launch crew 1963-67, and maintenance officer until 1981 (retired).  Ellsworth and Grand Forks AFBs.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Hoosier Daddy on May 22, 2017, 09:46:06 AM
Buddy of mine was. Ellsworth sound familiar from talking with him long time ago...
Jerry Ryan.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: edjunior on May 22, 2017, 06:04:12 PM
Anybody here serve in the Minuteman Missile field - U.S. Air Force?  I was on launch crew 1963-67, and maintenance officer until 1981 (retired).  Ellsworth and Grand Forks AFBs.

My Dad was a Nuclear Weapons Technician for a while.  Stationed at Lowry AFB.  I was just a wee lad then.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: regval on May 22, 2017, 10:57:26 PM
Anybody here serve in the Minuteman Missile field - U.S. Air Force?  I was on launch crew 1963-67, and maintenance officer until 1981 (retired).  Ellsworth and Grand Forks AFBs.
I served at Minot AFB, ND, 463rd Combat Support Group around 1970, 1971. Helped maintain the 465L system and visited various LCF's as some of my equipment was in the capsule. Active duty 1967-1976.
"Why not Minot" was the cliche'. I can think of a few reasons why not, but I'll let it lie. :)
Thank you for your service!
Reggie
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: bsandey on May 23, 2017, 06:43:50 AM
US Navy, 1985 - 1990, Fire Controlman Second Class, USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3)

I worked on the weapon system (radars, computers, data consoles, and other equipment) for the 5 inch guns. Most jobs in the Navy are either maintenance/technician or operator. This was one of the few that were both. We not only maintained and repaired the equipment (other than the guns - The Gunner's Mates handled that), but we also operated to consoles that tracked the targets and fired the guns.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: markandkim on May 23, 2017, 07:07:03 AM
US Navy, 1985 - 1990, Fire Controlman Second Class, USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3)

I worked on the weapon system (radars, computers, data consoles, and other equipment) for the 5 inch guns. Most jobs in the Navy are either maintenance/technician or operator. This was one of the few that were both. We not only maintained and repaired the equipment (other than the guns - The Gunner's Mates handled that), but we also operated to consoles that tracked the targets and fired the guns.

You know what happened to the Belleau Wood, right?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Markham P on May 23, 2017, 01:40:17 PM
US Navy, ET1 (E6) 1968-1977 USS Arlington AGMR-2, NCS Finegayan Guam, DCAU/WHCA Washingon, DC
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: bsandey on May 23, 2017, 07:11:33 PM
You know what happened to the Belleau Wood, right?

Yup. But it fought to the end. From what I heard, the live fire couldn't sink it, so they placed explosives on the bottom of the hull to blow a hole in it.

https://youtu.be/5CYXGOeQ-FQ
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: RLSharp on July 12, 2017, 10:00:40 AM
And that's something to be proud of? :( >:(
Amen! R
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Oldgator73 on July 12, 2017, 11:06:10 AM
I came really close to being drafted during the Vietnam Nam war. It was 1969 and I was bussed from Daytona Beach to Jacksonville for my second physical (had to go the previous year also-classified 1A but was still in HS). After the physical and written test we had to line up in a hallway. A Marine walked up the line, from behind, and tapped every other person on the shoulder. Tapped the guy behind me and the guy in front of me. Those tapped were told they were now in the Marine Corps and to get on the green bus with the sign saying "Paris Island" . I would imagine they had to take the enlistment oath at some time. I knew a lot of guys that joined the Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard to avoid the possibility of being drafted into the Army or Marines. I just waited it out until 1975 when I joined the AF. I was twenty four years old and had been married two years. I don't think dodging the draft ever occurred to me but I don't have any feelings towards one way or the other towards those that did. I might feel differently if I would have been drafted and had to go over there. Having said all that, I don't think this forum topic was the place to declare being a draft dodger.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bill N on July 13, 2017, 08:19:23 PM
Honest question:  I served 20 years in the Air Force but I never heard of a Marine being drafted.  Did that service draft young men?  I always assumed it was a volunteer branch of the military.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bill N on July 13, 2017, 08:20:40 PM
Vietnam Draft dodger here!!!
So why are you even on this thread?
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bill N on July 13, 2017, 08:24:53 PM
I served at Minot AFB, ND, 463rd Combat Support Group around 1970, 1971. Helped maintain the 465L system and visited various LCF's as some of my equipment was in the capsule. Active duty 1967-1976.
"Why not Minot" was the cliche'. I can think of a few reasons why not, but I'll let it lie. :)
Thank you for your service!
Reggie
Thanks Reggie and thanks for your service.  Yes, I am familiar with the 465L system we had in the capsule.  At the entrance to the Minot Officers Club was a sign that read:  Only the Best Go North------Only the Insane Remain.  Fifteen of my 20 years were spent in North and South Dakota.  I retired in North Dakota in 1981 and built a home out on the prairie and lived there until 2003 when we moved to Missouri.  I loved it and still call it home despite being born and raised in Louisiana.....lol

Bill
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Oldgator73 on July 14, 2017, 02:15:32 AM
Honest question:  I served 20 years in the Air Force but I never heard of a Marine being drafted.  Did that service draft young men?  I always assumed it was a volunteer branch of the military.

I had to look it up to make sure I remembered it correctly. There were close to 43,000 men drafted into the USMC between 1966 and 1970.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Bill N on July 14, 2017, 05:52:10 AM
I had to look it up to make sure I remembered it correctly. There were close to 43,000 men drafted into the USMC between 1966 and 1970.
Thanks for the answer.  Add something new to my noggin.  Vietnam forced us into doing some drastic things, drafting Marines being one.

Bill
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: TonyDtorch on July 14, 2017, 03:34:21 PM
Honest question:  I served 20 years in the Air Force but I never heard of a Marine being drafted.  Did that service draft young men?  I always assumed it was a volunteer branch of the military.

Yes indeed they drafted Marines,

When I went in,  I was put in this large room full of guys... a Sargent walks in and divides the room right in half,  then he announces that everyone on the left was now in the U.S. Marines, everyone on the right was now in the U.S. Army.

  I had enlisted in the Army,  but I was over on the left side of the room,  so I raised my hand.. after being screamed at by a Gunny and told I was a worthless F-ing maggot....  I got to move over to the right side.

God bless all that served.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: regval on July 14, 2017, 09:25:37 PM
 ;D  :))


Exactly. I had a cousin that got drafted in the Army in Mississippi and "politely" got assigned to the Marines. He served his tour and then some in Vietnam. We shared some stories...
God Bless all that served !
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: DonTom on July 15, 2017, 01:02:10 AM
Honest question:  I served 20 years in the Air Force but I never heard of a Marine being drafted.  Did that service draft young men?  I always assumed it was a volunteer branch of the military.
The Marines  had a draft  during the Vietnam war. In fact, I was drafted into the Marines but nobody knew it but me. :)

Here's the story.

When I was at the Oakland, CA Induction Center (March 1969), my group was all sitting down in chairs. Then one of the officials standing said "We need six volunteers from this group for the Marines-who Volunteers?"  I think there was two who did volunteer for the Marines, but that was all. So the guy points at four others, one of them being me, saying you four just volunteered for the US Marines--stand over there". I have no doubt he pointed at me, but the guy in the chair behind me got up first, so I just sat there.

I will always wonder what happened to that guy who went in my place.

BTW, I got drafted into the army as an 11B (Infantry), Central Highland Jungles, B-3-8, 4TH Infantry Div. But I got out  of Vietnam without as much as a scratch.

-Don-  Reno, NV
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Oldgator73 on July 15, 2017, 09:36:07 AM
The Marines  had a draft  during the Vietnam war. In fact, I was drafted into the Marines but nobody knew it but me. :)

Here's the story.

When I was at the Oakland, CA Induction Center (March 1969), my group was all sitting down in chairs. Then one of the officials standing said "We need six volunteers from this group for the Marines-who Volunteers?"  I think there was two who did volunteer for the Marines, but that was all. So the guy points at four others, one of them being me, saying you four just volunteered for the US Marines--stand over there". I have no doubt he pointed at me, but the guy in the chair behind me got up first, so I just sat there.

I will always wonder what happened to that guy who went in my place.

BTW, I got drafted into the army as an 11B (Infantry), Central Highland Jungles, B-3-8, 4TH Infantry Div. But I got out  of Vietnam without as much as a scratch.

-Don-  Reno, NV

I think just about all of us that were of draft age during the Vietnam Nam era have a story to tell. If I remember correctly all of us had to go to an induction center and endure a mass physical and take an idiotic aptitude test. Some of us were sent home to wait out our fate whether it be the dreaded "Greetings" letter from the government or the interminable wait to see if said letter actually arrives while others were taken on the spot and bused to boot camps across the country. It was a bad time. I can remember in home room in high school the names of our classmates either killed or missing in action being announced over the loudspeaker. Some of us can laugh and joke and reminisce about our experiences, some that went came home changed for life, not in a good way. I have no doubt the person that posted he was a draft dodger did so in jest and meant no harm in doing so. I'm sure he wishes he could take it back. I have noticed on this forum and other social media outlets, people rush to post a reply and then either have to delete said post or apologize because the post offended either the OP or others. It's too easy to say the first thing that pops into our heads on these forums without any thought as to how it will affect others. There is a Preview button on this forum. Please use it.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Tom on July 15, 2017, 02:43:14 PM
Folks, I've split several messages off this topic and moved them out of sight...

Posting your displeasure with a specific military conflict is not appropriate in this discussion, and detracts from the intent of recognizing folks who have actively helped defend our nation, and defended the things our country stands for. Posting such messages merely elicits responses that can only result in the discussion going downhill.

There are other places on the internet where you can post your rants, but this is not one of them.

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: HueyPilotVN on July 15, 2017, 02:53:16 PM
Good decision Tom

This should help to refocus the positive aspect of this thread.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Heli_av8tor on July 15, 2017, 06:08:43 PM
Infantry Medic, Bravo 1/52, 198 LIB, American Div. Chu Lia. March '70 - Feb '71.

Vietnam is part of who I am, but I have refused to let it define me.

Looking forward to a reunion with some of the guys I served with next month.

Tom
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: regval on July 15, 2017, 11:06:44 PM
Good decision Tom

This should help to refocus the positive aspect of this thread.

Thanks Tom.
I second Bill's sentiment.
Reggie
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: KC1BUD on July 16, 2017, 07:47:19 PM
Many years ago, in March 1970, when I was a young kid of 18 and 3 days I raised my hand and pledged my allegiance to our flag and country, yes I was an enlistee.
I enlisted into the U.S. Army. I became a Combat Engineer, eventually a bridge specialist.

While I was going through getting my fingerprints I was talking to a fellow enlistee from high school  and I made a statement that I knew my luck and that within 6 months I would be sitting in Vietnam. I was swore in on the 19th of March and on the 5th of September I was sitting in Vietnam.

I then was released early due to a RIF in 1972 and spent the next 1 year 2 months in the Army National guard.

I got out and was practicing to become a civilian when the oil embargo hit the country. I only had 7 months on a job where I made car parts for big cars. I knew that my job wasn't going to last so I reenlisted only this time I enlisted into the U.S. Navy in January of 1974. After Interior Communications Electrician A school I was assigned to my only ship a Knox class destroyer escort as an Icman.

On my one and only westpac we were on the task group to go after the SS Mayaguez, but I didn't personally see anything. We also pulled a crew off their sinking freighter, searched for a Soviet Sub, and participated in the fall of Saigon.

I ended my military life in 1976 with a medical discharge after catching my toe and tripping through a hatch landing on my knee. Went back to the company where I assembled engines for 20 years until medically retired in 03.

Such is life.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: kdbgoat on July 19, 2017, 12:25:51 PM
He's not a veteran yet, but our eldest Grandson just reported to Parris Island for Marine Boot camp Monday morning. He is to go to Ft. Leonard Wood after Boot Camp for Military Police training. Yeah, Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop are proud of him! :)
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on July 19, 2017, 09:10:20 PM
He's not a veteran yet, but our eldest Grandson just reported to Parris Island for Marine Boot camp Monday morning. He is to go to Ft. Leonard Wood after Boot Camp for Military Police training. Yeah, Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop are proud of him! :)
You have every reason to be proud. I spent a fall and winter in Ft Leonard Wood learning to build bridges. Have lots of good memories of Leonard Wood. Also one of the coldest winters I've ever spent anywhere.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Oldgator73 on July 19, 2017, 09:38:18 PM
He's not a veteran yet, but our eldest Grandson just reported to Parris Island for Marine Boot camp Monday morning. He is to go to Ft. Leonard Wood after Boot Camp for Military Police training. Yeah, Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop are proud of him! :)

Ft Leonard Wood has a great FamCamp and cabins on the lake. Wife and I stayed in a cabin, had a great time.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: CRRPastor on August 07, 2017, 06:37:55 AM
1976-1980 US Navy- E3 Machinist Mate - C school for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

USS Albany CG-10 - She was the Flagship for the 6th fleet- 76-78

USS Fisk DD842- Reserve "Tin Can" Destroyer in Bayonne , NJ. Military Ocean Terminal 78-80.

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Mickey G on August 23, 2017, 12:40:29 PM
US Navy 1976 - 1979 Attack Squadron VA-65 Tigers CVW7
Worked as a Structural Mechanic on the Grumman A6E Intruder aboard
CV-62 USS Independance & CV-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Paul & Ann on August 23, 2017, 01:51:33 PM
Infantry Medic, Bravo 1/52, 198 LIB, American Div. Chu Lia. March '70 - Feb '71.

Vietnam is part of who I am, but I have refused to let it define me.

Looking forward to a reunion with some of the guys I served with next month.

Tom

Wow, we were not that far apart.  I was with D Co. 1/6 July '70 most of the time till Sept '71.  We spent part of our time as security when the road to LZ Stinson was built.  I also remember being on LZ Dottie when the ammo dump on Stinson blew up.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Heli_av8tor on August 23, 2017, 02:41:18 PM
Paul,
Sounds like we've walked common ground. Humped to Stinson many times, but never got on Dottie. I didn realize that a road to Stinson was built in '71. Thou I know one exists now as one of our guys has been back several times and shared pictures.

I'm on my way now through Iowa to attend our Company reunion in Minneapolis. I've reconnected with a number of guys I served with and have found the bonds we formed still remain.

I've seen a number of your posts and wondered what part of Iowa you are in. I'm from the IL Quad Cities.

Tom
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Paul & Ann on August 23, 2017, 02:51:23 PM
Paul,
Sounds like we've walked common ground. Humped to Stinson many times, but never got on Dottie. I didn realize that a road to Stinson was built in '71. Thou I know one exists now as one of our guys has been back several times and shared pictures.

I'm on my way now through Iowa to attend our Company reunion in Minneapolis. I've reconnected with a number of guys I served with and have found the bonds we formed still remain.

I've seen a number of your posts and wondered what part of Iowa you are in. I'm from the IL Quad Cities.

Tom

We stay at an RV park in Grimes during the summer, which is a suburb on the north west side of Des Moines. 

The road to Stinson was built starting in March of '71 I believe. Not sure when it was completed as I moved from company RTO to battalion RTO in May of '71.

I was in Basic with a guy who ended up in the 1/52.  His name was Arlin Stratman who was from Nebraska.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: jayc2640 on August 23, 2017, 03:36:37 PM
US Navy 1977-1983  Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator

VP-49
VP-30
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: B737doc on November 07, 2017, 03:50:43 PM
US Army 1981-1987.    Thank all for your service!!!
Title: Re: Framily Veterans - LZ Stinson
Post by: Heli_av8tor on November 07, 2017, 05:43:33 PM
Paul,

Here's a picture of LZ Stinson being signed over to the ARVN's in Oct 71.

Tom

Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Papadude on November 18, 2017, 01:51:30 AM
USAF 1976 - 1984 Airframe Repair, B-52, KC-135, F-111 & F-4  Fairchild AFB, RAF Lakenheath England, George AFB
USAFR/ART 1984 - 2006, Portland IAP, OR.
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: phil-t on November 18, 2017, 03:30:51 AM
Thanks to all, here and everywhere, for their service.
USAF 1970-74
Munitions Maintenance Specialist
474th TFW, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada
6 mo. TDY to Takhli Thailand,  September 72 - February 73
DAV Life Member and volunteer DAV Driver
Title: Re: Framily Veterans
Post by: Sniper on December 05, 2017, 06:53:45 PM
US Army 70 to 77. I was at Ft Ord, Ft Knox, Ft Gordon, Ft Carson and Ft Stewart.  In between all of that I had tours in Germany, Korea (X2) and Viet Nam.  Medical discharge in December of 77 at the Oakland Army Depot.

As others have said, yes the Marines did get draftees.  When I was in the induction center, every fifth man was to go to the Marines.  Had one guy very diligently count so he could get in line and not be number five.  His plans were ruined when they skipped me because I was an enlistee.