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Old 01-13-2014, 01:24 PM   #491
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:09 AM   #492
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:22 AM   #493
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:50 PM   #495
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SPEC-5 here :-)

Rich - US Army, 1966-69. MOS was aircraft armament (Huey / Cobra weapons systems) but also served as a parts clerk in the vehicle motor pool and the tank motor pool, Ft Benning and Germany. Finally got to work on weapons system in Vietnam

Wow, was I ever that young? Sooooo long ago, a lot of water under the bridge since those years.

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Al- ROTC commission 2LT USAR 1969. Officer Basic Course Ft. Bliss, 10/69-12/69. McGregor Range NM, S4 Maintenance Officer 12/69-7/70. ROK: 6/44 Arty (HAWK) Btry D MOS 1180 Plt Ldr and Btry B, XO until 8/70. Early out. IRR until 1980 or so.

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Old 04-23-2014, 05:20 PM   #498
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I found this in an old letter when cleaning out my Dad's stuff after he passed. I thought some of you might enjoy reading it. He never talked about his war experiences.
I was in Navy Squadron VB142. We flew the new land based PV1's (Vega Venturas). Our action was always related to the USMC. First my squadron was loaded onto a small "Jeep" carrier that had the Navy's most powerful catapult installed. Our planes were equipped with the hardware necessary for launching them from the carrier. We left Alameda in a severe storm, and at night. Our speed was 6 knots and we were by ourselves. After several days an announcement was made that Japan had been bombed by B25's. Our speed picked up and we made it into Pearl. When I asked our skipper "why did we have the attachments necessary to launch installed" he just pulled his hat down over his ears and walked off. Were we next if Doolittle hadn't been successful??? We will never know I guess.

Next to Midway:
What an experience for an 18 year old. Then to Canton---When the 2nd USMC landed on Tarawa and the runway was scraped off my plane was sent with the admonition: "We don't know the condition on Tarawa. If the runway isn't useable land in the shallow water, wheels down, and they will pull you in with a bulldozer. We did land on land as slow as it was possible to go. A bulldozer pulled us off the runway. Two weeks later we were able to start patrols. Imagine an 18 year old landing on an island of about 300 acres, with the temp at 125F, and at least 2000 dead Marines and probably 3000 Japanese in the hot sun at 60 nm off the equator. When the squadron finally came we started our mission. We sank 27 ships and bombed regularly (from 200 feet) the Marshals. We were thru the Marianas operation and were operating off Majuro, Jaluit, Kwajalein as they were taken by the USMC.

We always had a small crowd whenever we took off or landed. We were fast and carried 6 bombs in the bomb bays. All our action was at under 250 feet. Anyhow, many decorations were awarded and our squadron received a unit citation for my plane's sinking of the first Japanese ship in 1944 because there was apparently some high ranking Japanese official onboard but we never found out who.

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Rich - US Army, 1966-69. MOS was aircraft armament (Huey / Cobra weapons systems) but also served as a parts clerk in the vehicle motor pool and the tank motor pool, Ft Benning and Germany. Finally got to work on weapons system in Vietnam

Wow, was I ever that young? Sooooo long ago, a lot of water under the bridge since those years.

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It's hard to believe that the time has passed so quickly. There was worse places to be in Vietnam than Vung Tau. I was there part of '67, '68, and '69 on the USS Tutuila ARG 4. We were small boat repair for the river and coastal squadrons.
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It's hard to believe that the time has passed so quickly. There was worse places to be in Vietnam than Vung Tau
Actually, it was about the best. I think I used up a lot of my life's luck be getting assigned there. I had a critical MOS (aircraft armament) and although I was originally assigned to the Big Red 1, which I think was in Cambodia, I got rerouted to Vung Tau. The guy that processed me into the company said I was one lucky, uh, son.

Still, I was happy to get home and work in a convenience store, where we got held up once and another time was threatened to be shot by a customer because I caught him shoplifting.
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God bless our troops in uniform now and thanks for the veterans. When I was stationed in Hawaii, the Arizona Memorial was not built yet. There was a small liberty boat that would take people out to see the Arizona and at that time the gun turrets were still there and could be seen above the waterline.
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