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Old 10-10-2016, 09:36 PM   #715
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My entire military career was 19 months and 4 days

I was drafted / inducted in the Army at Milwaukee in Jan 1969, sent to Fort Campbell KY for basic training. Then onto Fort Sill OK, for AIT, Artillery Surveyor. I was sent to Vietnam on July 4th '69. Assigned to Headquarters, 1st BN 30th field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmoble). We were real busy providing location and direction for the constantly moving gun batteries. A survey party of 5, would get own own Huey to brand new LZs, .We would establish the center of the battery and determine accurate North by making measurements to the sun. Those new LZ were a real busy place, everything coming in on constant helicopter traffic. We were allowed 3 days to get back to our base camp at Phuc Vinh. Well, after doing our thing at the new LZ we would hitch hike the out going helicopters, to any place but back to Phuc Vinh. My helmet cover was covered with the names of all the LZs I was on.

Our unit went into Cambodia, the amount of materials our forces captured or destroyed was truly impressive.

When we were at our base camp, we built buildings, bunkers, whatever the company needed. In addition we did what was called Shell Rap. Whenever incoming hit our base, we located the carter, identified the type of round, point of impact on a grid overlayed on the base map, determined the angle of fall, and the back Azimuth. We then radioed that info to the guys in the Fire Direction Control unit. The entire focus of the outgoing artillery fire, gunship attacks would be directed to the spot that the incoming had come from. Received a Purple Heart and couple of Bronze Stars one with V, Army Commendation with V, doing that Shell Rap work.

I extended my tour over there so that I would have less than 5 months left on my service term. If you hit the states with less than 5 months, they discharged you right then. Left as a Spec 5

I really have a strong feeling of thanks and respect for the guys that were Infantry there, or anywhere else for that matter. Its hard to describe how tough they had it. Humping that jungle, the enemy, the heat, the wet, the bugs, leeches, ringworm, and always the enemy.
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Old 10-20-2016, 08:10 PM   #716
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Like the username suggests, I flew KC-130s for the Marine Corps all over Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, etc. between 2008 and 2016.

Lots of great memories, great people, and the occasional bout of food poisoning.

I started dreaming of an airstream while living in a UN refugee tent in Islamabad. Now I've got a 27' International Signature! Looking forward to more adventures with better prepared meals.
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:04 PM   #717
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3 years as a M1A1 armor crewman, all at Ft Riley, KS. Pretty quiet time when I was in, 96-99. Still have some good friends and great memories.
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Old 10-26-2016, 10:02 AM   #718
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My entire military career was 19 months and 4 days

I was drafted / inducted in the Army at Milwaukee in Jan 1969, sent to Fort Campbell KY for basic training. Then onto Fort Sill OK, for AIT, Artillery Surveyor. I was sent to Vietnam on July 4th '69. Assigned to Headquarters, 1st BN 30th field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmoble). We were real busy providing location and direction for the constantly moving gun batteries. A survey party of 5, would get own own Huey to brand new LZs, .We would establish the center of the battery and determine accurate North by making measurements to the sun. Those new LZ were a real busy place, everything coming in on constant helicopter traffic. We were allowed 3 days to get back to our base camp at Phuc Vinh. Well, after doing our thing at the new LZ we would hitch hike the out going helicopters, to any place but back to Phuc Vinh. My helmet cover was covered with the names of all the LZs I was on.

Our unit went into Cambodia, the amount of materials our forces captured or destroyed was truly impressive.

When we were at our base camp, we built buildings, bunkers, whatever the company needed. In addition we did what was called Shell Rap. Whenever incoming hit our base, we located the carter, identified the type of round, point of impact on a grid overlayed on the base map, determined the angle of fall, and the back Azimuth. We then radioed that info to the guys in the Fire Direction Control unit. The entire focus of the outgoing artillery fire, gunship attacks would be directed to the spot that the incoming had come from. Received a Purple Heart and couple of Bronze Stars one with V, Army Commendation with V, doing that Shell Rap work.

I extended my tour over there so that I would have less than 5 months left on my service term. If you hit the states with less than 5 months, they discharged you right then. Left as a Spec 5

I really have a strong feeling of thanks and respect for the guys that were Infantry there, or anywhere else for that matter. Its hard to describe how tough they had it. Humping that jungle, the enemy, the heat, the wet, the bugs, leeches, ringworm, and always the enemy.

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Old 11-10-2016, 07:30 PM   #719
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Ditto. Happy 241st Birthday to the USMC and Semper Fi, Bob!
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Old 11-11-2016, 02:41 PM   #720
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Happy veterans day to you all.
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Old 01-18-2017, 05:46 AM   #721
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“Thanks for your Service”, to all my fellow vet’s out there!

U.S. Air Force 1976-1989
76-78 RAF Upper Heyford, UK – Security Specialist - Alert Force Nukes – F-111A’s
78-82 Pease AFB, NH – Security Specialist - Alert Force Nukes – FB-111’s & KC 135’s
82-89 Pease AFB, NH – Combat Arms Training – Small Arms Instructor / Maintenance

My tour included the end of the Cold War era. Lot’s of saber rattling and posturing by our Cold War friends. Massive tank movements during May Day events caused NATO to increase their posture which meant more aircraft on alert with conventional munitions. Satellite spying and eaves dropping came of age to monitor the other sides’ activities.

Combat Arms Instructor – Worked at the Firing Range. Instructed and qualified students with small arms (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Machinegun, and Grenade Launcher). We transitioned the Security Force, Flight Crews and the rest of our customers out of revolvers and into the newly adopted (at the time) semi-auto pistol (Beretta M9). Good times working at the range teaching and fixing guns every day.

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Pretty peaceful enlistment for me from USAF '82 - '86. Proud to have served my country at home and overseas. Still have some friends from that time. My utmost respect for the folks who served during wartime and truly risked it all.
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