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Old October 17, 2012, 12:44 PM   #326
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33 years military service--1955--1988
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Old October 17, 2012, 12:53 PM   #327
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Yup! US Army
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Old October 17, 2012, 05:23 PM   #328
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A little known fact !

I served in the Marine Corps , 3212 air freight MOS with the 1st MAW in squadron of C-130s , VMGR-152 at Futenma Okinawa , Japan and in RVN at Chu Lai and Danang .

I served from April of '69 until March of '71 , was drafted !

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Old October 17, 2012, 05:54 PM   #329
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Army '67-71, or was it '68-72? I honestly don't remember and I'm not going in the safe for my 212.
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Old October 17, 2012, 06:08 PM   #330
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Spent 6 1/2 years in Germany, Federal Republic of..... about 24 Months (total) in Ft. Sill, OK, 6 months in SW Asia Wargames of '90-'91.
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Old October 17, 2012, 06:14 PM   #331
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Old October 17, 2012, 06:40 PM   #332
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Army Reserve MP 09 to present. Like Andrew I regretted not serving when I was young. I went through basic at 36. It was tough but I was actually in better shape than some of the young guys.

I am thankful for my wife, family and boss who have supported me through basic, a year in Afghanistan and maybe one more deployment before my contract is up.

For those talking about benefits. Those of us who serve less than 20 years only have health coverage for service related injuries and no pension. But that's not why we serve is it?

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Old October 17, 2012, 07:45 PM   #333
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USN '74-'84...Aviation Electrician. 5 years helicopter combat support squadron, 4 years shore duty at AIMD avionics maintenance, and 1 year on the USS Constellation in drydock.
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Old October 17, 2012, 08:04 PM   #334
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5 years helicopter combat support squadron, 4 years shore duty at AIMD
What HC squadron and AIMD? I was in HC-5 in Guam, AIMD's- NAS Guam, NAS Jacksonville, and NSF Diego Garcia.
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Old October 17, 2012, 08:38 PM   #335
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About 5 years in the Navy before I got injured. Been out for years now but still have not adjusted
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Old October 17, 2012, 08:46 PM   #336
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See signature, was in the Persian Gulf during the enforcement of Operation Southern Watch.
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Old October 17, 2012, 08:48 PM   #337
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Old October 17, 2012, 09:05 PM   #338
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3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, USAF, Bien Hoa, V.N. 1966-1967

My choice of service branch was based on a childhood experience in the early '50's. My mother's elderly maiden aunt gathered me and my 2 older brothers together and made some predictions about future wars and who would serve, given that the Korean war was winding down at the time. After walking us through various scenarios of what each of us would be doing in the coming years, (all of which came about) she left me with the "short straw" as the one that will go off to fight in the next war.
I was too young and impressionable to consider the possibility that maybe she was making this stuff up and as I got a little older, this insight gave me lots of food for thought as to what branch of service would keep me out of the draft and give me the best chance of coming home in one piece. When I enlisted in '63, nobody had even heard of Viet Nam.
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Old October 18, 2012, 07:09 AM   #339
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US Army, '66-'90; in country with 101st '70-'71 at Camp Eagle near Phu Bai. Surprised at how many old timers like myself are on this forum. I've been retired from active service for almost as long as I served, which is a sobering thought.
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Old October 18, 2012, 06:10 PM   #340
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21 years and done! Regular Army
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Old October 18, 2012, 06:25 PM   #341
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21 years? A short timer! 24 years here.
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Old October 20, 2012, 07:33 AM   #342
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Sgt., USAF, 1965-1969 ... very impressed by the number of vets, and greatly thankful for the service you performed for your country ...
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Old October 20, 2012, 09:05 AM   #343
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Old October 20, 2012, 11:14 AM   #344
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Never served...

...and by not doing so, will always owe a dept to those that have/do.

A very sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU.
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Old October 21, 2012, 07:18 AM   #345
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Army 68-70 doorgunner. Sure beat walkn
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Old October 24, 2012, 01:44 AM   #346
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First Air Cavalry (Air Mobile) 1/77th, Vietnam. 1968 -1970

Infantry. Now a Disabled Veteran.

Thanks to all for their service. I salute you.
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Old October 24, 2012, 02:20 AM   #347
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Old October 24, 2012, 04:33 AM   #348
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Hooah (sc, va, ga) // service-connected disabled veteran

4 years honorable active duty army service
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Old October 24, 2012, 04:51 AM   #349
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its good to read accounts on this thread

one of proudest parts for me is how I upheld family tradition.

volunteering for the War on Terror was my way of giving back, but it was not until after my time had started that my Dad let me know what I already should've known: no family member since my Dad whether sibling, cousin, etc had served in any of the five branches of the Armed Forces whether active duty, reserves, or national guard since him until I did(I am still the last one too). My Dad Volunteered for Vietnam and was Army, both Grand-Dads were WWII Navy(one 20+yrs ended rear admiral and one two yrs only as machinist's mate), great-great grandfather was paid $300 by a rich, unwilling draftee of Civil War so he was artillery, and so-on(I only mentioned prime examples)...it is unbroken no matter what conflict from revolutionary war thru war on terror.

God Bless

ps- I give the lifers credit. Maybe I joined late but it ate up my body(didn't realize until after), but I don't know if I could've done twenty. The thought crossed my mind but desire for close family decided that one(or put the last nail in the coffin on it) as my contract was coming to an end. I recently met the 8yr obligation/requirement as well. For the non-vets out there....one is obligated for 8yrs even if their contract is less than that and they get their honorable discharge...you can be called back at anytime up until that 8yrs even though that is rare at the moment it has happened during these wars...
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Old October 24, 2012, 08:54 AM   #350
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I served four years active in the Navy and and another four in the reserves.
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