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Old 11-11-2015, 12:55 AM   #1
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Default Will all Veterans please arise.

I'd like to know who you are and where/how you served so that we can all say thanks. Pictures from your service would also be very nice. I'm not a veteran (was 4F in the Vietnam War draft). So, please, identify yourselves. And thank you for putting on the uniform and for your service.

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Old 11-11-2015, 01:48 AM   #2
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US ARMY Artillery, Corporal 1968 to 1970 Proud to be of service, Gary T.
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:54 AM   #3
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Craig,

I am a veteran of two wars. I spent a year in Vietnam (1969 – 1970) with USMC Recon. I was a Corporal (E-4) in Vietnam, but was promoted to Sergeant (E-5) before I was honorably discharged stateside in early 1973. I served for four years.

I also spent four tours (years) in Iraq between 2005 - 2010. I did investigations for Army Intelligence. I was required to wear the Army uniform and had a GS-15 rating. I was embedded with the Army and lived where they lived. I went on missions based on information I developed on terrorist units. It was much like being a police officer again. I kicked doors and took people to jail. I was treated as a Lt Colonel which was much different than how I was treated in Vietnam.

The most surprising thing to me during my time in Iraq was in 2008 while on a mission one of the soldiers asked me if I had ever been in the service and I told him I had been in the Marine Corps. He asked me what I did and I told him I was in Recon. He asked me if I was in Vietnam and I told him I spent a year in Vietnam with Recon. He said, “No shit, you were in Recon”? I told him I was. From that point on I was really treated with respect. I didn't think my time in Recon 38 years earlier would mean anything to them, but they all made a big deal out of it. That same day when I returned to the S-2 shop (Intelligence Office) the Captain met me and said, “No shit, Marine Corps Recon?” I smiled and said, “No shit”. The information had beat me back to the TOC. It still amuses me that it meant so much to them. I had not even mentioned it on my first tour in Iraq and wouldn’t have mentioned it on that tour either, but the gunner in the Humvee asked me.
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:45 AM   #4
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U.S. Navy SeaBees. 1959 - 1963:
NAS Miramar, San Diego
MCB 11, Port Hueneme, Guam, Midway
ACB 1, Coronado.

Proud to serve, thanks for asking.
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USAF SSGT ( E-5) Crew Chief B-52-G 1970-1974 Texas, Ill., Calif., Guam and many others TDY
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USAF March 1961-Nov 1965,4 years and 9 months. Spent 3 years 8 months and 6 days in England at RAF Mildenhall and Rhine Main AFB Germany with the last 6 months at Travis AFB California. Jet over two engines Air Craft mechanic but worked on more piston engine air craft than jets. That time period was at the end of the piston engine air craft and the beginning of the jet engine air craft. Met my wife in England and still married for almost 52 years. E-4 when I got out but had time in grade for E-5 but they wouldn't give it to me unless I reenlisted and I wasn't going to do that so E-4 it was. I worked on C-47, C-54, C-118, C-121, (Super Connie), C-124, C-97, and I think one or two C-74's (DC-7),C-130, C-133, C-135, C-141.

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Thanks to all who served and are serving! God Bless!
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US ARMY, Field Radio Repair, Spec 5, 1965 to 1968. For some reason, I was blessed to be sent to Germany while almost all AIT graduates were sent to Vietnam.
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US ARMY SP4. Served Sep 1967 to Sep1969. Spent 18 months in Germany with the 8th. Infantry Division Military Police, Mannheim Germany.
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Old 11-11-2015, 06:29 AM   #10
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Thank you for your Service
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Old 11-11-2015, 06:54 AM   #11
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USAF 1966 to 1970. Vietnam 1967, Thailand 1968, Vietnam 1969. Munitions Specialist.
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38coop - Looks like you and I were in Mannheim at the same time period. April 66 - Dec 68. I was at the Spinelli(?) barracks. Bob
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bbrust: I was at Coleman barracks. Don
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USAF 1958-1962 spent most of the time protecting the Canadian border at Plattsburgh NY.Phil

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