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Old March 18, 2007, 11:35 AM   #51
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As screwed up as some thing are, I still love my Country, always have, always will.
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Old March 18, 2007, 11:45 AM   #52
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Old March 18, 2007, 11:52 AM   #53
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I answered previously that I did serve. Just wanted to thank all those now serving, & past veterans, and supporters. We are only free because we made ourselves free!
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Old March 18, 2007, 12:50 PM   #54
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After the age of fifty; your heart may be willing, But your body says other-wise.......
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Old March 18, 2007, 01:03 PM   #55
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Was in the Navy from 69-73. My last duty station was the USS Gurke DD783, which was forward deployed out of Japan..did a lot of fire support, bird dogging carriers off Yankee Station, etc. For several months prior to this was assigned to a ship "welded" in "s--t" river (Mekong). Was telling my son about bring back a PBR in which we only found (wrist pin?) in the the remains of the boat. Was watching the history channel when my old commander was talking about this bit of metal that we found. He used it as a paper weight...which brought my wife and son to question just how "old" are you "Dad"...wife was 3 years old when I went to VN, so with 17 years difference between us history is a little more meaningful to me!
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Old March 18, 2007, 01:31 PM   #56
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Iam AN OLD NAVY SAILOR

I served on a destroyer in the 50s.best time of my life.serving my country and touring the world at the same time.boy do i miss havana before the beard.navy
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Old March 18, 2007, 01:40 PM   #57
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USN 62-81 First ship was the USS Bennington CVS-20 First "can" was the USS Shelton DD-790. Last ship was the USS Waddell DDG-24.

All my old ships are long gone. The Waddell was used for target practice by the Greek navy last year.
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Old March 18, 2007, 01:49 PM   #58
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...if memory serves me, it's no longer 20 and get 50% of your pay retirement....I believe it's now 25.
I think your memory is dis-serving you, it's always been 20 as far as I know.
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Old March 18, 2007, 02:30 PM   #59
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After the age of fifty; your heart may be willing, But your body says other-wise.......
Wait until you are 66. I use to carry a 9.5lb M1, 30lb field pack and my First Sgt. on my back.....now my cell phone feels heavy. However, least anyone want to take advantage of me, I can still lift my Colt 1911 with no problem.
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Old March 18, 2007, 02:39 PM   #60
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yes i have as a torpedoman on the uss charles j badger DD-657 ...uss Hazelwood DD-531...uss beatty DD-756 the service to my country ended in 1959
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Old March 18, 2007, 03:12 PM   #61
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...if memory serves me, it's no longer 20 and get 50% of your pay retirement....I believe it's now 25.

I think your memory is dis-serving you, it's always been 20 as far as I know.
you're right it is still 20.....i would stay and finish but i honestly don't think i could do 10 more
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Old March 18, 2007, 03:39 PM   #62
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WEST PAC, hq co. 31st MAU. USS Belleau Wood than cross decked on to the USS New Orleans when the Belleau wood went back state side.

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Old March 18, 2007, 04:31 PM   #63
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Old March 18, 2007, 04:35 PM   #64
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Old March 18, 2007, 04:40 PM   #65
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Who notes 45B20, 45K30, 71B30 .. 2210 now days.
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Old March 18, 2007, 04:49 PM   #66
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Old March 18, 2007, 05:04 PM   #67
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Old March 18, 2007, 05:36 PM   #68
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Hi Kris,

A fellow pingjockey
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Old March 18, 2007, 07:19 PM   #69
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Yep.

U.S. Army, Combat Engineer.......'69-'73.
Ft. Polk
Ft. Leonard Wood
Ft. Belvoir
Ft. Lee
Ft. Benning.......there during the Lt. Calley trial, and his subsequent house arrest for several years.........

No one ever spit on me, no one ever called me a baby killer or murder. It's good to be from the south.......................ck
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Old March 18, 2007, 07:24 PM   #70
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Good people, good times! I figured 5 years was enough to secure bragging rights for life and to fulfill any sense of obligation. Took the work ethic and GI Bill and moved on from there.
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Old March 18, 2007, 07:27 PM   #71
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Hoytinak,

Don't know your age or circumstance. But 10 yrs is really not all that much more to go when the benefits are figured in. The private sector has all but done away with pensions. The 401K has replaced them at a lot of employers. And medical costs are going through the roof. That alone would make hanging in for the last 10 worth it. When I retire in a few years, our house will be paid off, but medical insurance will be so high, it will simply take the place of a house payment. Getting out, you'd be at square 1 at any new job. Probably not going to enjoy it any more than where you are now. And look at 20-30 yrs for full retirement benefits ( whatever they might be ).

My $.02
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Old March 18, 2007, 08:44 PM   #72
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Listen to tuckerdog
I have regretted my decision to leave almost since I left.
Especially after watching my father being treated for cancer and the cost that it would have been if not for Champus or whatever they are calling it now
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Old March 18, 2007, 09:03 PM   #73
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Yep, USN,1971-1975 four patrols on boomer subs,TM3 (SS), small arms officer; also 3 years US Army M P , inactive reserve. God bless America and those who protect her!
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Old March 18, 2007, 11:32 PM   #74
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Old March 19, 2007, 05:18 AM   #75
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4+ years in the Corps.

18 in the Army NG.

1 in the organized CT State Militia.
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